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Jesus, Our Victory Over Death
  1. The story of Lazarus in John 11
    1. Jesus lets him die to prove a point. (v.1-6)
      1. God’s love for His own is not a pampering love; it is a perfecting love. The fact that He loves us, and we love Him is no guarantee that we will be sheltered from the problems and pains of life. After all, the Father loves His Son: and yet the Father permitted His beloved Son to drink the cup of sorrow and experience the shame and pain of the Cross. We must never think that love and suffering are incompatible. Certainly they unite in Jesus Christ. ( Warren Weirsbe; Be Alive) Jesus’ love for us is too great to keep us from the greatest blessing, a glimpse at His (and our future) glory.
    2. Jesus reveals Himself as the only hope for resurrection and life. (.v 21-27)
      1. This is an important lesson. For if Jesus could not conquer death than all else He did in this life would fall short of our need. (Romans 6:23)
        1. John 11:34-37 – Healing the blind is one thing, rising the dead is yet another. Notice: Can you see them wagging their heads? “He’s good…but not that good”, they might as well of said.
        2. I Corinthians 15:19, 26 - 19If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
        3. Hebrews 2:14-15 - Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 
          15and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.
    3. Jesus empathizes with our pain. (v. 33-35)
      1. Hebrews 2:18 and 4:15-16 - For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted…15For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. 16Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
    4. Jesus gives an object lesson. (v. 38-44)
      1. He stinks. He is really dead and there is nothing anyone can do about it.
      2. Jesus again reminds them of the truth of who he is.
      3. He removes the cloths of death and replaces them with the cloths of eternal life.
  2. Apart from a relationship to God through Jesus you are no less dead than Lazarus.
    1. Ephesians 2:1-5
      1. Sin makes us dead.
      2. Sin makes us slaves to the prince of the power of the air.
      3. Sin makes us objects of God’s wrath.
    2. But Jesus took upon Himself our sin and the wrath of God that overtakes it.
      1. Isaiah 53:6, 10a - All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all…Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him; he has put him to grief;£ when his soul makes£ an offering for sin…
  3. Supernatural events will not necessarily open our eyes.
    1. Luke 16:27-30 -  27“And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, that you send him to my father’s house—   28for I have five brothers—in order that he may warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’   29“But Abraham said *, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’   30“But he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent!’   31“But he said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.’”
  4. Jesus offers us victory over death.
    1. You do not need to fear death.
      1. Jesus spoke to the dead man and he recovered. Think about that. Our greatest enemy is death. We will all die eventually and there is nothing that we can do about it. We cannot thwart it. However, Jesus looked into the face of our enemy and spoke a command. Our enemy obeyed.
      2. Even if we die we live because we trust in Jesus by faith.
    2. All who trust in Jesus shall be saved from death. Therefore, the message of Jesus should be evident in our lives and spoken by our lips.I.                The story of Lazarus in John 11
    3. Jesus lets him die to prove a point. (v.1-6)
      1. God’s love for His own is not a pampering love; it is a perfecting love. The fact that He loves us, and we love Him is no guarantee that we will be sheltered from the problems and pains of life. After all, the Father loves His Son: and yet the Father permitted His beloved Son to drink the cup of sorrow and experience the shame and pain of the Cross. We must never think that love and suffering are incompatible. Certainly they unite in Jesus Christ. ( Warren Weirsbe; Be Alive) Jesus’ love for us is too great to keep us from the greatest blessing, a glimpse at His (and our future) glory.
    4. Jesus reveals Himself as the only hope for resurrection and life. (.v 21-27)
      1. This is an important lesson. For if Jesus could not conquer death than all else He did in this life would fall short of our need. (Romans 6:23)
        1. John 11:34-37 – Healing the blind is one thing, rising the dead is yet another. Notice: Can you see them wagging their heads? “He’s good…but not that good”, they might as well of said.
        2. I Corinthians 15:19, 26 - 19If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
        3. Hebrews 2:14-15 - Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 
          15and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives.
    5. Jesus empathizes with our pain. (v. 33-35)
      1. Hebrews 2:18 and 4:15-16 - For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted…15For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. 16Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
    6. Jesus gives an object lesson. (v. 38-44)
      1. He stinks. He is really dead and there is nothing anyone can do about it.
      2. Jesus again reminds them of the truth of who he is.
      3. He removes the cloths of death and replaces them with the cloths of eternal life.
  5. Apart from a relationship to God through Jesus you are no less dead than Lazarus.
    1. Ephesians 2:1-5
      1. Sin makes us dead.
      2. Sin makes us slaves to the prince of the power of the air.
      3. Sin makes us objects of God’s wrath.
    2. But Jesus took upon Himself our sin and the wrath of God that overtakes it.
      1. Isaiah 53:6, 10a - All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all…Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him; he has put him to grief;£ when his soul makes£ an offering for sin…
  6. Supernatural events will not necessarily open our eyes.
    1. Luke 16:27-30 -  27“And he said, ‘Then I beg you, father, that you send him to my father’s house—   28for I have five brothers—in order that he may warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’   29“But Abraham said *, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’   30“But he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent!’   31“But he said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.’”
  7. Jesus offers us victory over death.
    1. You do not need to fear death.
      1. Jesus spoke to the dead man and he recovered. Think about that. Our greatest enemy is death. We will all die eventually and there is nothing that we can do about it. We cannot thwart it. However, Jesus looked into the face of our enemy and spoke a command. Our enemy obeyed.
      2. Even if we die we live because we trust in Jesus by faith.
    2. All who trust in Jesus shall be saved from death. Therefore, the message of Jesus should be evident in our lives and spoken by our lips.