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JOHN CHAPTER 11

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1-4 Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 It was the Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick. 3 So the sisters sent word to Him, saying, "Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick." 4 But when Jesus heard this, He said, "This sickness is not to end in death, but for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified by it."

 

Jn 11-1,2

(115a) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Working God’s grace through Christ >> Worship God through Christ – Mary, Martha and Lazarus were strong believers, as we saw in Mary at the house of Simon the Pharisee, who invited Jesus for supper one evening, where she washed Jesus feet with her tears and dried them with her hair, and anointed Him with perfume. She worshipped Him with a deep spiritual love and devotion, and Jesus allowed it, proving that He was God in human flesh. If Jesus were not God, He should have told Mary to stop, just like the angel commanded the apostle John to stop worshipping him in Rev 19-10, “Then I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, "Do not do that; I am a fellow servant of yours and your brethren who hold the testimony of Jesus; worship God.” The angel would not let John worship him, but Jesus allowed Mary. Therefore, if Jesus were not God, it would have been a sin, but Heb 4-15 says that Jesus was “tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.” So every case of someone worshipping Jesus proves that He was God in human flesh, for how could a sinner perform the countless miracles that He did, including raising Lazarus from the dead?

(249b) Priorities >> God’ s preeminence >> Wealth >> True perception of wealth >> Do not trust the carnal perception of wealth >> Do not pursue wealth – Where there are places in the Bible that speak negatively about wealth, it doesn’t automatically rule out a person believing in Jesus. Let’s say a person comes to his faith at an early age, and later in his adult life he inherits a fortune from his parents. Over the course of his life by faith in Jesus he developed strong character so that his money did not define him, and he was not controlled by it. We don’t know anything about the parents; they probably had the money, and the children were living at the parent’s house. The siblings, Mary, Martha and Lazarus, came from a wealthy family, and they were goods friends with Jesus and often invited Him to stay at their house, and so they provided His own room with a bed and they fellowshipped together. All three siblings were strong believers in Jesus and recognized Him as the Messiah, which proves that wealth does not intrinsically bar a person from heaven. A person can believe in Jesus and be wealthy at the same time, but pursuing wealth is not compatible with faith in Jesus. They were born into wealth and never pursued it, nor did their wealth define them. It is when people define themselves by their wealth or go in hot pursuit of it (idolatry) that they cannot believe in Jesus.

Jn 11,3-16

(94k) Thy kingdom come >> God’s perspective on death -- These verses go with verses 21-27. Jesus told his disciples that Lazarus had fallen asleep and that He was going to awaken him, and the disciples advised Him to let him sleep, saying that he will awaken on his own, but Jesus was referring to his death. Hence, this is God’s perspective about death; it’s not much different from going to sleep. The Bible says that everyone who has died will awaken on the last day to either a resurrection of eternal life or a resurrection of eternal judgment.

Jn 11,3-10

(103k) Thy kingdom come >> Purifying process >> God purifies His church >> Jesus purifies His people -- These verses go with verses 21-27

Jn 11,3-6

(192g) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Result of putting off the old man >> Gain by losing >> Waiting for God to do it His way >> Being patient to receive something better -- These verses go with verse 17

(208k) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Personal relationship >> Being married to God >> Emotional relationship -- These verses go with verse 11

(214b) Sovereignty >> God controls time >> God’s timing transcends our comprehension >> God’s time does not make sense to the natural mind -- These verses go with verses 14&15. When the messengers told Jesus of Lazarus’ sickness, His answer was similar to the comment He made about the blind man, whom He healed a couple chapters earlier, “This sickness is not unto death but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified by it.” Mary and Martha wanted their brother back. Jesus was coming, but He delayed on purpose in order that the works of God may be displayed in him. Jesus’ response of the news that Lazarus was sick was, instead of racing to his aid before he died, He stayed two days longer before journeying to Bethany, so Lazarus was not only dead, but his body was already beginning to decompose. Jesus was not in a hurry, offending Mary and Martha’s faith in His delay, who thought He could have gotten there sooner if He loved Lazarus as He claimed.

(248c) Priorities >> God’s priorities >> The will of God is sometimes a mystery -- These verses go with verses 14&15

(248l) Priorities >> God’ s preeminence >> Values >> The Highest Values >> The life to come is more important than this one -- These verses go with verses 38-45

Jn 11-3,4

(2m) Responsibility >> Avoid offending God >> Get out of His way >> Let Him do His work – These verses are also in conjunction with Jn 11,21-27,38-45. This was a difficult time for Mary and Martha to believe, since the life of their brother was at stake, and though they loved Jesus, they really didn’t know who He was, until He raised their brother from the dead. That marked the beginning of their faith in the identity of Christ, but getting past this point was difficult for the sisters. They had to watch their brother run out of time, health and breath, while Jesus, whom they knew could have healed him, procrastinated in coming to them. What they didn’t know was that He could also raise Him from the dead, which was what He wanted them to know, along with the surrounding district, including we who read the Bible. It is not always easy to get to the point of believing God to the level of His ability; it takes a long, deep draw at the well of the human soul with the collaboration of the Holy Spirit before we can imbibe the full extent of Christ’s personal identity.

(146j) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Purpose of Miracles, Signs And Wonders >> Proof that Jesus is the son of God >> That the Church may believe -- These verses go with verses 14&15

(147g) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Raising the dead -- These verses go with verses 11-15

Jn 11-3

(33k) Gift of God >> God is our Father >> God serves His people who serve Him >> Each one is special to God -- This verse goes with verse 5

(37f) Judgment >> Judgment of God >> Jesus’ humanity >> Jesus had human limitations -- This verse goes with verse 5

Jn 11-4

(110b) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Spirit speaks through you >> Word of knowledge >> knowing the mind of Christ

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5-8 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6 So when He heard that he was sick, He then stayed two days longer in the place where He was. 7 Then after this He said to the disciples, "Let us go to Judea again." 8 The disciples said to Him, "Rabbi, the Jews were just now seeking to stone You, and are You going there again?"

 

Jn 11,5-15

(106f) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> Attaining the hearing ear >> When He speaks and what He says

Jn 11-5,6

(8g) Responsibility >> Prepare to interact with God >> Preparing to receive from God – We interact and receive from God based on His terms. According to the way Scripture is worded, these verses sound like Jesus waited two more days to go to His friends because He loved them. He wanted to teach them a lesson about the power of God, that nothing is impossible for Him.

(57j) Paradox >> Opposites >> Act of love that has no semblance to love – If it were about anybody else, this is how it would have read: ‘Jesus loved Lazarus and His sisters, so when He heard that Lazarus was sick, He immediately went to them.’ However, Jesus deliberately stayed where He was two days longer. It says that because He loved them He let Lazarus die. This is opposite to our understanding. What we need to realize is that this is sometimes how God works with us too. He does what He does, and we are the opposite of Him. This happens, not because we are stupid or foolish or unspiritual, but because we live in a body that has certain needs, and we exclusively think along those terms. Our body trains our minds how to think, and collectively society trains our minds how to think in terms of the flesh. Meanwhile, God is in heaven and He lives in eternity and He has a body that cannot die, and He has no needs at all. Jesus, though he lived in a body with limitations like our own, certainly understood their needs, because He had the same ones, yet He still thought like God.

(214a) God’s Timing (Key verse)

(217b) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> God’s will over man >> God Is Independent Of His Creation >> No one can tell God what to do -- These verses go with verse 21. Jesus saw Lazarus’ sickness as an opportunity to demonstrate the power of God and to teach them about Himself, that their confidence in Him might grow all the more. It was a simple matter of comparing values: which is greater, healing a sick man or raising him from the dead? It was no more difficult for Jesus to heal Lazarus than to raise Him from the dead. To Jesus it was a lot like playing the lottery when He knew He had a winning ticket; should He play when the jackpot was smaller or when it was larger? He knew he would win, so He waited for maximum payout. These same concepts are at work in our own lives, and God is dealing with us in many of the same ways, such as with His return; the second coming of Christ hasn’t happened yet because God is waiting for maximum payout.

Jn 11-5

(33k) Gift of God >> God is our Father >> God serves His people who serve Him >> Each one is special to God -- This verse goes with verses 28-36

(37f) Judgment >> Judgment of God >> Jesus’ humanity >> Jesus had human limitations -- This verse goes with verse 17

Jn 11-6

(24e) Sin >> Poverty (Forms of fear) >> Waiting creates anxiety -- This verse goes with verse 21

Jn 11,7-10

(23o) Sin >> Poverty (Oppression) >> Fear of death – These verses go with verse 20. Jesus told His disciples that they weren’t going to slink in the darkness to do God’s will, but return in broad daylight for everyone to see and for themselves to see where they were going, so they would not stumble over the obstacles hidden on their path. They were going with Jesus in broad daylight so they could see their way, but that wasn’t the disciples’ concern; they were worried that His enemies could see Him too, but His enemies were walking in darkness. They were the ones who were stumbling in the night. Jesus was returning in the light of God’s truth to perform His works in the presence of His enemies, who walked in darkness and had no defense against the light. While some prefer to attack at night in the cover of darkness, though the darkness is a hindrance to them too, Jesus had the best of both worlds. He came to them in broad daylight and confronted His enemies in their darkness, so Jesus had the upper hand. The Bible teaches that fear is the opposite of love, and love is the equivalent of faith. Jesus was devoid of fear, hence He walked perfectly in love toward God and man. 

(122k) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Boldness in adverse circumstances >> Go in places of adversity – Nobody ever touched Jesus throughout His 3½ year ministry, because His time had not yet come, though He accumulated many enemies, and it was for this reason they could not touch Him, because He walked in the light that was in Him. There have been many martyrs who have given their lives for God’s truth throughout the centuries, and these people walked in the light even as Jesus walked in the light, but their light was a candle compared to the “sun” of God. Their light was able to dispel some of the darkness, but eventually the darkness fell on them and took their earthly lives. They crucified Christ too, but He allowed them at the proper time. Jesus had no fear of His enemies because of a sense of destiny, even predestined to give His life a ransom for many. He could continue doing His Father’s will in total disregard of His enemies, who could not touch Him. He simply would not allow His enemies to dictate the course of His life. The world in all its darkness was nothing more than a simple game of cat and mouse to Him. He fulfilled His ministry in the very presence of His enemies and no one could stop Him.

(241h) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Persecuting the kingdom >> Persecution to the death >> Kill Jesus because of who He is

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9-13 Jesus answered, "Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. 10 "But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him." 11 This He said, and after that He said to them, "Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I go, so that I may awaken him out of sleep." 12 The disciples then said to Him, "Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover." 13 Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that He was speaking of literal sleep.

 

Jn 11-9,10

(43h) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Perfect (mature)

(92b) Thy kingdom come >> The narrow way >> Trail of good works >> Ray of light leading to the face of Christ

(112g) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Light >> Obeying the truth in broad daylight >> Jesus’ deeds in the light -- Jesus had just come from Bethany and the Jews were seeking to stone Him. He wasn’t worried about His persecutors, but his disciples were, and quizzed Him about His wisdom of going back to Bethany. His answer, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of the this world, but if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.” Perhaps the disciples made the suggestion to go back at night to avoid capture, but Jesus was going in broad daylight by the light that was in Him, which communicated to His enemies that He was not afraid of them, which made them all the more afraid of Him. This word “light” needs to be interpreted. It doesn’t just symbolize the truth, so what is this light that was in Him that made him fearless? Jesus talked about being one with His Father, who was with Him in the Holy Spirit. The primary characteristic of the Holy Spirit is the truth. Therefore, the light is the Holy Spirit and the word of God working together as one. This is the “anointing” that best defines “light” and encapsulates the interlocking attribute of the Spirit and the word. Jesus title “Christ” means “the anointed one.” He talked about the light being in us, meaning that God wants us to walk and live by an anointing that we would receive by obeying the Spirit and the word. 

(117k) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Eyes of your spirit >> Seeing through the eyes of your spirit >> Light illumines your spirit

Jn 11-10

(184e) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Darkness >> God controls darkness >> Darkness is the absence of light

Jn 11,11-16

(175j) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Ignorance >> Ignorant of what God means >> Ignorant of the meaning of God’s word

(177h) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Presumption (Hinduism) >> Misunderstanding Jesus -- These verses go with verses 23-26

Jn 11,11-15

(147g) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Raising the dead -- These verses go with verses 23-26

Jn 11-11

(59f) Paradox >> Two implied meanings >> Lazarus is in a state of hibernation / Lazarus is dead – Some argue that Jesus used the word “sleep” to mean that when a person dies, he goes somewhere and exists in a dormant state similar to sleep, until the First Resurrection, and then he awakes in a new spiritual body, but this is not true. Why did Jesus use this terminology on His disciples that they didn’t understand? It could be that He wanted to introduce to them a new concept about death. Instead of giving them a lecture, He simply used the term “sleep” to make them curious about what He meant, giving Him an opportunity to explain that Lazarus was literally dead, but that God sees death as merely sleeping. A person who dies in this life has not actually died, though his body did, yet the person’s spirit is still alive. The moment we leave this temporal realm, we will immediately be with the Lord and remain with Him forever. Our spiritual bodies will come later at the end of the age.

(208k) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Personal relationship >> Being married to God >> Emotional relationship -- This verse goes with verse 20

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14-19 So Jesus then said to them plainly, "Lazarus is dead, 15 and I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, so that you may believe; but let us go to him." 16 Therefore Thomas, who is called Didymus, said to his fellow disciples, "Let us also go, so that we may die with Him." 17 So when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the tomb four days. 18 Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles off; 19 and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary, to console them concerning their brother.

 

Jn 11-14,15

(146j) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Purpose of Miracles, Signs And Wonders >> Proof that Jesus is the son of God >> That the Church may believe -- These verses go with verses 41&42

(214b) Sovereignty >> God controls time >> God’s timing >> God’s timing transcends our comprehension >> God’s time does not make sense to the natural mind -- These verses go with verses 21-26

(236d) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Invest in the kingdom >> All things are for your sake >> Our motive is for your up-building

(248c) Priorities >> God’s priorities >> The will of God >> The will of God is sometimes a mystery -- These verses go with verses 21-27

Jn 11-15

(114b) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Obeying the Holy Spirit >> Believing the Father by obeying the Son >> Obeying Jesus’ will

Jn 11-16

(1h) Responsibility >> Avoid offending God >> False burden >> Serving God in ignorance >> Not knowing His will – Being martyred for the cause of Christ has nobility and honor, but to have a martyr complex brings no glory to God. To feel that you have to die for the cause of Christ if that is not the will of God is no better a false burden than any of the other burdens. The only freedom in Christ is the will of God. Even the noblest of your plans are false burdens in the eyes of God, they bear little to no fruit, and lead to spiritual burnout so that you are not willing to pick up the true will God when it comes.

(19f) Sin >> Having the mental disease of the world >> Incorrect thinking

(20c) Sin >> Nature of sin >> Unbelief >> Having a mind that is unable to receive >> Being slow to understand God – We call him Doubting Thomas in that what he said often came from doubt. At the time, their hope wasn’t in dying so they could go to heaven; He surely wasn’t interested in getting killed, for he was hoping for the Kingdom of God to come in his own lifetime that we call the Millennium, which is still to come. Therefore, what Thomas said was sarcastic. They had just been to Judea, where Jesus was vehemently persecuted in Jerusalem. They high-tailed it from there before His enemies lost their patience and stoned Him to death. Thomas was saying that if they returned, Jesus would probably be killed and the disciples will probably be killed with Him. He thought it was ridiculous to go back there, so He made this snide remark. Thomas was a bit of a smart-alec; Jesus really had His hands full with His disciples; they were slow learners when it came to spiritual things. They had already spent about two years with Him, for just about everything mentioned in the gospel of John referred to the last year of His ministry.

Jn 11-17

(37f) Judgment >> Judgment of God >> Jesus’ humanity >> Jesus had human limitations -- This verse goes with verses 33-36. Here is an example of Jesus’ limited knowledge. When Jesus heard that Lazarus was sick, “He stayed two days longer” (v6), and when He came to the house, He discovered that Lazarus had already been dead four days, meaning that He could have left the moment He heard about Lazarus and He still would have arrived two days after he died, but Jesus didn’t know that. This indicates that Jesus left His omniscience at home when He took on human flesh. Jesus wanted to make sure Lazarus was stinking dead before he got there, so He could demonstrate the power of God among His friends and disciples. It says that Jesus loved them, which indicates that the more He loves us, the more He wants to reveal Himself to us and demonstrate His power for our benefit. He wants to do this not just so we can believe in Him, but also for His own joy to receive our worship. This is not evil or selfish of God; it is the very reason God made man in the first place.

(192g) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Result of putting off the old man >> Gain by losing >> Waiting for God to do it His way >> Being patient to receive something better -- This verse goes with verse 21

Jn 11-18,19 -- No Entries

 

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20 Martha therefore, when she heard that Jesus was coming, went to meet Him, but Mary stayed at the house.

 

Jn 11-20

(23o) Sin >> Poverty (Oppression) >> Fear of death -- This verse goes with verse 32

(24k) Sin >> Poverty (Forms of fear) >> Anger >> Unforgiveness – While Martha ran to meet the Lord, Mary remained sitting in her house stewing, and the fact is, she too loved Jesus with all her heart, so she couldn’t have been too angry with Him because of her deep reverence, yet it was this that fueled her anger. She was unable to see beyond death, that something good could potentially come from such horror. Martha believed Jesus could do something for her brother while he was alive, but if he died, she didn’t believe He could reach beyond the grave and bring him back to life. Her faith terminated at the barrier of death, but Jesus had every intension of raising Lazarus from the dead along with his sister’s faith in Him, being the reason He detained before traveling back to Judea. It is things like this that make us mad at God, because we don’t understand Him. We don’t understand that people who live and walk by faith always receive a reward, and the more things don’t make sense, the greater the reward when we remain patient with the Lord. Martha represents a Christian who still believes in Jesus for eternal life, but gives up believing in Him for a miracle in this life. Similarly, when Mary heard that the Lord had come remained in the house, sitting in her anxiety. This kind of thing can continue for many years; people can grow bitter against the Lord because they don’t understand His ways.

(70g) Authority >> Sin of familiarity >> Familiar with the truth-enemy of discernment >> Familiar with Jesus in the flesh

(167f) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Carnality/Secularism (mindset of the world) >> The carnal mind is set on the flesh >> Carnal mind is fueled by our emotions

(194c) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Turn from sin to God >> Run to God >> Running to meet Jesus prior to His visitation -- This verse goes with verses 28&29

(208k) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Personal relationship >> Being married to God >> Emotional relationship -- This verse goes with verses 28-38. We can better understand the interplay between Mary and Martha in their grief, based on the story in Luke chapter ten when Jesus came to their house and Martha was preparing dinner while Mary was sitting at Jesus’ feet listening to the word of God. Martha became emotionally perturbed saying to Jesus, ‘Make Mary help me!’ Martha saw her as shirking her duties, trying to get out of work, but she had found her place. Jesus said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her” (Lk 10-41,42). Now we have Mary and Martha again in John chapter eleven, who both heard that Jesus was coming, but only Martha came to Him on the road, while Mary stayed in the house nursing her bitterness. This time it was Mary who became emotional. Mary later came to Him and fell at His feet crying the same words that her sister said to him, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died!” Martha was not so full of emotion as Mary, though she no doubt cared just as much for her brother. Martha loved the Lord, but she was not as invested in the spiritual aspect of Christ as her sister Mary. The fact that Martha talked with Jesus, while Mary fell at His feet is very telling about the different relationships these two women had with the Lord. Martha was just as aware of His deity as Mary, and both believed the teachings of Christ, but Mary realized Jesus was the embodiment of the truth, whereas Martha more heard Him speaking facts about God. Having a revelation of God’s word is a spiritual experience, whereas knowing a set of facts is merely an exercise of the cerebellum. This was the essential difference between Mary and Martha. That is not to say Martha didn’t have a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, but it is to say that they had different emotions about Him.


21-24 Martha then said to Jesus, "Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 "Even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You." 23 Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again." 24 Martha said to Him, "I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day."

 

Jn 11,21-27

(2m) Responsibility >> Avoid offending God >> Get out of His way >> Let Him do His work – See verses 3 & 4 for commentary. These verses go with verses 38-45

(79i) Thy kingdom come >> Know the word >> Practice listening to God’s word >> The word you heard perfects God’s work in you -- Martha did not limit Jesus in His ability to help Lazarus after he had died, saying, “Even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.” This statement contained the fact that it was not Jesus who worked miracles, but His Father, which was something He taught, implying that she was listening, which demonstrated her spiritual love and devotion to Him (not suggestive of a romantic relationship like some people in this twisted society believe). Jesus was caught up by her faith and said to her, “Your brother shall rise again.” Her response, “I know he will rise in the resurrection in the last day.” She was well learned in His teachings and believed in the things He taught, being one of His disciples. She may not have known as many facts about God as we do. We own a personal Bible and can study it as often as we wish, but what she knew she believed with all her heart perhaps more so than most people today, marking the difference between knowing the facts about the Bible and knowing the person of Jesus through faith.

(94k) Thy kingdom come >> God’s perspective >> His perspective on death -- These verses go with verses 38-45. When our loved ones die, often we see no optimism. That is because we see death as utterly final, whereas Jesus didn’t; He offered hope beyond the grave even for the rest of all mankind who have died. Nobody’s death is final, in that Jesus spoke about a resurrection for both the righteous and the wicked, so everybody will be raised from the dead. The old saying, ‘There are only two things guarenteed in life: pay taxes and die,’ needs amending: pay taxes, die and be raised from the dead.

(103k) Thy kingdom come >> Purifying process >> God purifies His church >> Jesus purifies His people -- These verses go with verses 38-45

(193h) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Turn from sin to God >> Repent >> Repent from not renewing your mind

(248c) Priorities >> God’s priorities >> The will of God >> The will of God is sometimes a mystery -- These verses go with verses 38-45

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Jn 11,21-26

(214b) Sovereignty >> God controls time >> God’s timing >> God’s timing transcends our comprehension >> God’s time does not make sense to the natural mind -- These verses go with verses 3-6. Jesus was never in a hurry to do anything, which is reflective of God. We scurry out the door to avoid being late for work and then wait for God, who takes a lifetime to do anything. If we get a word from God and a promise that He will use us to do something, and He instructs us to prepare for a ministry and when the time comes He will call us, this often takes a lifetime. Lazarus was in the tomb four days; He could have come sooner, but it didn’t matter. When Jesus discovered that Lazarus had been dead four days, it didn’t make Him step any faster, because the longer He waited, the greater God would be glorified. Some say that everything matters to God, but not everything matters. The only thing that mattered to Jesus was the will of God. Many people like to interpret God’s ministry to mankind as trying to please everybody. If we worked just as hard to please Him, maybe they would have a point, but those who have the attitude that God’s purpose is to serve us don’t do much serving on their end.

Jn 11-21,22

(53i) Paradox >> Opposites >> Contradicting your own standards >> Making accusations against things you believe in – Martha accused the lord of her brother’s death, saying that had He been there, he would not have died. That is like so many other people who accuse God of their loved ones dying, or allowing bad things to happen. They ask, ‘If God is so big and if He can do anything, then why did He allow this…?’ The fact is God is very big and for this reason His perspective is far superior to ours, and He has reasons for what He does that have eternal implications, whereas we think in the temporal realm, according to our circumstances. We don’t put Jesus in our back pocket and use Him as a means of resisting the facts about this life; had Lazarus not died, he would have died later. In fact, Jesus raising him from the dead caused him to die twice.

Jn 11-21

(20g) Sin >> Doubt is the consequence of the fear of death -- This verse goes with verse 37 

(24e) Sin >> Poverty (Forms of fear) >> Waiting creates anxiety -- This verse goes with verses 28,29

(188g) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Suffering >> Enduring your circumstances -- This verse goes with verse 32. Lazarus suffered more because of Jesus’ lack of punctuality. She counted his suffering, whereas Jesus didn’t; it never entered the conversation, and Jesus came to reveal God’s interests and concerns, and by this we see that God is not concerned about suffering compared to us. We don’t like to suffer, but God doesn’t mind suffering. The reason for this is that He plans on taking us to His heaven where suffering will no longer exist, and we will live forever in a world without suffering, so if we must suffer a little in this temporal life, God doesn’t see that as evil or wrong. Jesus suffered on the cross; God has suffered many things. It is unquestionable that God has suffered far more than any of us.

(192g) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Result of putting off the old man >> Gain by losing >> Waiting for God to do it His way >> Being patient to receive something better -- This verse goes with verses 38-45. 

(217b) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> God’s will over man >> God Is Independent Of His Creation >> No one can tell God what to do -- This verse goes with verses 5&6

(246hh) Kingdom of God >> Spirit realm imposed on the natural realm >> Demonstration of God’s kingdom >> God demonstrates His glory >> Materializing the inner man – It wasn’t enough for Jesus to merely say the words; He wanted to demonstrate to Martha that He was the resurrection and the life, and He expects the same from us; it isn’t enough to merely say we believing in Jesus, He wants us to demonstrate our faith in Him. The way He demonstrated His attribute was to raise Lazarus from the dead, but before He could show this, He had to let him die, which brought about conflict in Martha’s ability to believe in Jesus, and through that conflict was the opportunity to demonstrate her faith. Jesus could have raised another person from the dead to demonstrate His attribute as the resurrection and the life of God, but the lesson that she learned was stamped personal.

Jn 11,23-26

(147g) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Raising the dead -- These verses go with verses 38-46. The ways of God and His principles never change, though He deals with each person differently, like any father to his children. When bad things happen to us, and we are waiting for God to bail us out or to help us in some way, and help doesn’t come, we think about Lazarus and try to apply the principles of God to our lives, but we just don’t know what God is doing or how He thinks about us. Really bad things happen to some people, and we wonder if our circumstances will continue to deteriorate to the level that we hear about those in the news. God lets some people die without doing anything for them. Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, but He plans on doing the same for us all at the resurrection of the righteous. Some people get sick and are healed; others get sick and die, but they will be raised from the dead on the last day. Our problem is that we want everything now. We want to be healed now, so we feel better; we don’t want to die, but those in the resurrection of the righteous will get their lives back in paradise. God tells us not to put such a high value on this life, because the life coming is much better. God’s opinion about this life is that He gave it to us for the express purpose of working for Him and doing our part in saving souls and reaching the lost with the gospel of Christ and helping to establish the Church in faith, knowledge and unity, but as far as living this life for its own sake, God says that this is not why we are here. We are here to produce fruit for the Kingdom of God, and when our time is spent, and it is time to continue to the next life, we need to understand that as a blessing.

(177h) Works of the devil >> The religion of witchcraft >> Presumption (Hinduism) >> Misunderstanding Jesus -- These verses go with verses 11-16

Jn 11-23

(228b) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> God working in you >> God comforts you in times of adversity >> He comforts you in your grief -- This verse goes with verses 25-27

Jn 11,24-26

(38h) Judgment >> Jesus defeated death >> The Resurrection >> Jesus is the resurrection – If we don’t understand Jesus when He said, “Everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die,” it is because we don't believe Him. We don’t believe that the minute our soul leaves our body we go directly to heaven, because that is exactly what Jesus said. Man is not just a body and he is not just a soul; he is both body and soul. Our spirit will not enter a period of hibernation that Jesus called sleep. When Jesus said, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I go, so that I may awaken him out of sleep” (v11), He was talking that about Lazarus’ body, not his soul. Even when we go to bed our soul is not asleep but remains awake while our body is asleep; the brain turns off certain regions designated to consciousness for rest and repair. The body sleeps but the soul never sleeps, and one day our body will die and sleep in the ground, but our soul will be transported to heaven. Jesus will awaken our bodies and when we rise from the dead, we will be changed, “For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality. But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, ‘Death is swallowed up in victory’” (1Cor 15-53,54).

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25-27 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?" 27 She said to Him, "Yes, Lord; I have believed that You are the Christ, the Son of God, even He who comes into the world."

 

Jn 11,25-27

(107b) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing from God >> Word creates faith >> Jesus’ words create faith -- These verses go with verses 39-41. Martha had the living resurrection standing in front of her, the person who would call all humanity from the grave on the last day to eternal life or to eternal judgment. She seemed to have no limit to her faith, which is where Jesus wants all His disciples. It was Mary and Martha’s faith that allowed Jesus to raise their brother from the dead that day. We wonder why God does not perform miracles when we need Him most, and we blame God or the preacher or the person praying over the sick and dying when we see no results, but it is not just the person laying hands on the sick that limits God from performing miracles; it can also be the relatives of the sick person, who cannot believe until it happens. God wants our faith to pay it forward. He hesitates to reward our doubts and refuses to reward our unbelief. Part of the fear of witnessing miracles is the paradigm shift they require of us. Secularism is probably the greatest enemy of faith; many don’t want to believe they live in a spiritual world. They just want the miracle, and then to go on with their lives as before, believing only what their five senses dictate to them. These are the ones who will keep others from seeing the miracle. 

(114a) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Obeying the Holy Spirit >> Believing the Father by obeying the Son >> Obeying Jesus’ word -- These verses go with verses 39&40. Jesus spoke about believing in Him as the way of salvation, but His version of believing is different from people who would abuse the grace of God; His version of “believing” is obedience. James said, ‘Do you believe?’ “The demons also believe, and shudder.” He taught that if we don’t live what we believe, then we don’t really believe. In other words, however we live is what we believe. So when Jesus said, “He who believes in me…” He was saying, ‘He who patterns His life after Me…’ ‘He who lives like Me…’ and then He promised eternal life in heaven, that we would sit at His right-hand, who Himself is sitting at His Father’s right-hand, basically sitting on the throne of God through Christ. God is ready to give us literally everything. All we need to do is believe in Him, but to the point of actually putting our beliefs into practice. 

(228b) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> God working in you >> God comforts you in times of adversity >> He comforts you in your grief -- These verses go with verse 23

Jn 11-25,26

(38b) Resurrection (Key verse)

(39l) Judgment >> The essence of life defeated the essence of death – Jesus had the antidote of the cross, not in His back pocket where He could lose it, but in His very essence. They put to death the body of Jesus, but the essence of His life was in his Spirit, so by His very nature He rose from the dead. In this sense His resurrection was not a miracle, but an act of His divine nature, being God in human flesh. Rather, the miracle of Christ was that he visited mankind in the first place and was willing to suffer the cross in order to break the power of sin in those who would believe in Him for eternal life. Our miracle from God is that He loved us before we loved Him. He has now pioneered a way for us to come to Him through His blood. Those who believe in Jesus will receive in our essence a slice of God’s indestructible essence (the Holy Spirit), so that we like Him will overcome the permanence of death.

(57f) Paradox >> Opposites >> To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord – Jesus used two cases to explain the resurrection: those who have died and those who have not died, such as Lazarus who had recently died and his sister Martha who was still alive. He said about both Lazarus and Martha that they would never die. Something else Jesus said, there is a difference between the old and new covenants; before Jesus shed His blood for the sins of the world and made a way for God to receive His people into heaven, when Old Testament people died, they went to a place called “Abraham’s bosom”. There were many people during the old covenant both Jew and gentile who knew God loved them, those who have died as believers the Bible says, “When He ascended on high, He led captive a host of captives, and He gave gifts to men” (Eph 4-8). Jesus went to the place called Abraham’s bosom and emptied it, bringing to heaven with Him those who had died prior to His resurrection. Consequently, those of us who die after His resurrection will be escorted directly to heaven. Our spirit will continue to live, though our body has died.

(205aa) Salvation >> Verses useful in evangelism – Our body will one day be laid in a tomb or cremated or eaten by sharks, or something else, and God will resurrect each person, giving us all new bodies that will directly correspond with our spirit, and we will live forever. We will be perfect and complete in three parts: having a body that is made in the likeness of the heavenly Jerusalem, having a soul that was made perfect (Heb 12-23) and having the Holy Spirit dwelling in us even now. Our current body is corrupted, destined for the grave; it craves sin and influences our minds to think on evil. The Holy Spirit dwells in us, and He gently leads us away from these things. We have a conflict of interests: the Spirit of God within us leading toward righteousness and a body that leads us toward sin, and we are stuck in the middle as Christians, but a day is coming when all three aspects of our humanity will correspond with the will of God. Our body will never crave evil again, and our mind will never meditate on wickedness; nothing in us, about us or around us will desire to rebel against God. There will be no commandment in heaven to violate, such as the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden. Instead, we will know good and evil without the fear of sin, and we will live forever in a perfect body and a perfect mind in a perfect place with the Holy Spirit dwelling in us, exactly the way God envisioned it. We will hear the voice of God crystal clear, even a billion light-years from the holy city. The heavenly communication system that God has prepared for His people will be better than anything man will ever create.

(207k) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Salvation verses >> The generosity of God’s salvation >> Salvation is eternal life

(237l) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> The Church is transferred to the kingdom >> Transformed from death to life

(243h) Kingdom of God >> The eternal kingdom >> The indestructible kingdom >> The body of Christ is indestructible >> The new man is indestructible – At Jesus’ crucifixion, the disciples’ vision of establishing a physical kingdom on the earth died with Him. Even Jesus rose from the dead His disciples didn’t try to resurrect it. Instead, they received a new vision that far surpassed their old one of the Millennium. Now they were hoping for the resurrection from the dead. Their old vision was very exciting that they would become co-rulers beside Jesus of a kingdom, headquartered in Jerusalem, which all the nations would recognize as capital of the world. The disciples were happy with their expectations of Jesus throughout His 3½ year ministry (Lk 19-11), but His crucifixion didn’t fit into the puzzle they were trying to assemble of God’s plan for mankind. They knew that their lives would only last another fifty to seventy years, but when they assumed the vision of the resurrection from the dead, they could imagine ruling a kingdom beside Jesus forever! They coupled this with Jesus’ teachings regarding eternal life, which was His catch phrase that He regularly taught, particularly in this verse. The disciples traded visions, so when the millennial kingdom finally arrives, it will just be another event that occurs before God creates a new heavens and a new earth and establishes His eternal kingdom.

(244d) Kingdom of God >> The eternal kingdom >> Eternal life of the trinity >> Jesus is the source of eternal life

(254g) Trinity >> Holy Spirit’s relationship between Father and Son >> Jesus is the life of the Spirit >> Jesus is the substance of God’s life >> Jesus conquered death because He is life – When Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life,” He was saying that He is defined by life, which is something that is inconceivable yet truly amazing and wonderful. The resurrection is merely an expression of His life. Jesus is the life of God, and it says that He is also the word of God, being one and the same in the person of Jesus Christ. He said, “The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life” (Jn 6-63). A day is coming when Jesus will speak a word and His Church will hear it and come forth from one end of the earth to the other, and everybody who has believed in God will come to life and be with Jesus. There is an obvious difference between the body and the soul, yet people sometimes confuse the two when speaking about the resurrection. Some people think the soul of man remains with the body, asleep. This is being pragmatic, taking Christ too literally when he spoke to his disciples about Lazarus, saying that they were going to wake him from sleep (v11). It wasn’t Lazarus who was sleeping; it was his body. Jesus is the embodiment of the resurrection and the life of God; whoever believes in Him will live even if He dies, and we who are in the body who believe in Him will never die; “do you believe this?”

Jn 11-25

(86d) Thy kingdom come >> Belief demands a response – We might say that anybody in heaven would naturally believe in God, because there is He, but not so fast. Unbelief is a term, and we know about terms that they don’t always mean what they say; in fact, “belief” is a tricky word. In our modern English we understand belief to mean a kind of mental ascent, where we assert something to be true on a factual basis, but this is not at all what Jesus meant when He made statements such as this. Jesus wasn’t talking about people who agree to certain facts about Him; rather, He was talking about people whose life has changed as a result of those facts. This definition places “belief” closer to obedience.

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28-37 When she had said this, she went away and called Mary her sister, saying secretly, "The Teacher is here and is calling for you." 29 And when she heard it, she got up quickly and was coming to Him. 30 Now Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was still in the place where Martha met Him. 31 Then the Jews who were with her in the house, and consoling her, when they saw that Mary got up quickly and went out, they followed her, supposing that she was going to the tomb to weep there. 32 Therefore, when Mary came where Jesus was, she saw Him, and fell at His feet, saying to Him, "Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died." 33 When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, He was deeply moved in spirit and was troubled, 34 and said, "Where have you laid him?" They said to Him, "Lord, come and see." 35 Jesus wept. 36 So the Jews were saying, "See how He loved him!" 37 But some of them said, "Could not this man, who opened the eyes of the blind man, have kept this man also from dying?"

 

Jn 11,28-38

(208k) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Personal relationship >> Being married to God >> Emotional relationship -- These verses go with verses 3-6. 

Jn 11,28-36

(33k) Gift of God >> God is our Father >> God serves His people who serve Him >> Each one is special to God -- These verses go with verse 3

(123c) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Love >> Spiritual affection >> Compassion is the emotion of the Spirit – We have an account of Jesus being very emotional. He wasn’t like this with everybody, only with His friends, just like us. With perfect strangers Jesus was not emotional at all. He may have loved them like God; He may have wanted the best for them, that they believe in Him for eternal life, but He didn’t have the emotional ties with them that He had with His friends. Jesus could not develop emotional ties with someone outside the love of God; if His friends did not obey Him, He could not have developed close bonds with them. His friends were coming to the realization of is identity as the Son of God. His authority and power, His purpose in coming to the world in the flesh and His relationship with the Father, these were things that caused emotions in Jesus. God’s purpose was for them to love, worship and obey Him, and it established a relationship between them that reached into the emotional realm.

Jn 11,28-35

(194b) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Turn from sin to God >> Run to God >> Run to Jesus when He calls for you 

Jn 11-28,29

(24e) Sin >> Poverty (Forms of fear) >> Waiting creates anxiety -- These verses go with verse 6

(63d) Paradox >> Anomalies >> Righteous deception >> Church deceive each other – Martha told Mary a lie when she said that the Lord was calling for her. To our knowledge Jesus did not call for Mary. It says that she secretly told her this; we don’t want more people than necessary to know about our lies, because the more who know, the more likely we will be exposed. The lie was not evil, because it didn’t have an evil motive, so we shouldn’t even call it a lie. She wanted Mary to go and see the Lord; she was upset with Him because He took His time in going there, and her complaint was that if He had come sooner, Lazarus would not have died. Of course, with her concern and with our concern about death, we don’t want our experience in this life to end any sooner than it must. If we go to the doctor and he treats our ailments, maybe we can live a little longer, and if Jesus had come a little sooner, maybe Lazarus could have lived a little longer, is what she was thinking. Mary was to the point of bitterness about Jesus, even though she loved Him. She was angry with Him, because He didn’t act like He cared; she wanted Him to come and save her brother from death, but Jesus had other plans in mind. He wanted to raise Lazarus from the dead instead of just heal his disease.

(194c) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Turn from sin to God >> Run to God >> Running to meet Jesus prior to His visitation -- These verses go with verse 20

Jn 11-30

(64a) Paradox >> Anomalies >> Limits of God >> God cannot tolerate sin >> He cannot allow unbelief in His presence

Jn 11-32,33

(252d) Trinity >> You shall put no other gods before Me >> Worship Jesus (Because He is equal with God) >> Worship Jesus for what He does through the Father – The Father was generous and gave His Son whatever He wanted within the sphere of obedience. We too have a sphere of obedience that we use to request God in prayer, but most people ask for things that are much greater than their sphere of obedience, and for this reason they don’t get their prayers answered. They need to enlarge their sphere, so when they ask God for things, He is willing to answer their prayers. If we seek God for the things that pertain to His will, we won’t have to ask God for our needs, for He will personally supply them, because we are serving Him, but people get things turned inside-out, and through their selfishness they don’t consider God’s purpose and will for their lives. They deceive themselves, believing what they want is God’s will, creating doctrines that give them permission to be self-centered, and the will of God is pushed to the side.

Jn 11-32

(23o) Sin >> Poverty (Oppression) >> Fear of death -- This verse goes with verses 7-10. This shows the extent of Mary’s faith: had Jesus been there before Lazarus died, He could have done something about it, but now that Lazarus was dead, she thought there was nothing Jesus could do. Death made Mary fear, and it acted as a cul-de-sac to Mary’s faith. This was actually the reason Jesus waited. He knew this was how she thought about Him, as though He had limits. Jesus limited Himself in the flesh, but His Father was not limited, who was the strength of Jesus’ ministry. Jesus waited until Lazarus died so that He could prove to his sisters and us that God gave Him the power to raise the dead, and He explained this by saying that He was the resurrection, meaning that He didn’t just have power to raise Lazarus. She was talking to the person who wielded the power of God and would resurrect all God’s people on the last day. If Jesus is the resurrection, then we can attribute all things to Him, including the creation.

(188g) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Suffering >> Enduring your circumstances -- This verse goes with verse 21

Jn 11,33-36

(37f) Judgment >> Judgment of God >> Jesus’ humanity >> Jesus had human limitations -- These verses go with verse 3

Jn 11-33

(159b) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Counterfeit >> Counterfeit godliness >> Love sickening sweet >> The kind of love that replaces wisdom

Jn 11-37

(17k) Sin >> Unrighteous judgment >> Ignorance >> Misinterpreting Jesus – Throughout time people have criticized God’s timing and the way He does things. In this case the people complained because Jesus waited until Lazarus had died before He did anything about his disease. Often He does not heal the disease and less frequently raises the dead and we complain because God lets our loved one suffer. However, God lives in eternity and invites us to step over to His side so we too can interpret the world around us through the wisdom of eternity. What we don’t understand we can accept and what we accept we can believe and possess until love and righteousness prevail.

(20g) Sin >> Doubt is the consequence of the fear of death -- This verse goes with verse 21

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38 So Jesus, again being deeply moved within, came to the tomb. Now it was a cave, and a stone was lying against it.

 

Jn 11,38-46

(147g) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Raising the dead -- These verses go with verses 3&4

Jn 11,38-45

(2m) Responsibility >> Avoid offending God >> Get out of His way >> Let Him do His work – These verses go with verses 3&4. Martha didn’t practice a mental exercise, but a simple exercise of her will. She didn’t wince in anguish trying to drum up faith, creating an image in her mind of her brother stirring to his feet. Her belief in Jesus didn't involve developing a frame of mind that was capable of faith; rather, her faith more resembled an agreement to get out of His way. We tend to think about faith as a mental state, and we torture ourselves trying to achieve it, creating images in our minds about what we want to be true, but this is not faith at all. Faith is a simple matter of doing whatever God commands of us, and usually it is something little. 

(79h) Thy kingdom come >> Know the word >> Practice listening to God’s word so you can hear it – If we obey the Holy Spirit who is speaking in our hearts, it demonstrates that we can hear his voice, which itself is one of the most definitive aspects of faith, and encourages us to listen all the more, proving that the voice we hear is indeed from God. In this way we will learn to distinguish His voice from all other voices. Jesus is in heaven and He sent the Holy Spirit in His place; things are mostly the same as it was for Martha, but the way we relate to Him is different. Instead of having a physical body speaking to us in the person of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit speaks to our hearts, and we must learn to distinguish His voice from all others, and the way we learn is by doing what He says. People try to tell us what to do; we hear their voices in our heads, confusing us all the more, trying to manipulate our conscience. We often don’t know what we should expect to hear, and for this reason we need to understand the ways of God.

(94k) Thy kingdom come >> God’s perspective on death -- These verses go with verses 3-16

(103k) Thy kingdom come >> Purifying process >> God purifies His church >> Jesus purifies His people -- These verses go with verses 3-10

(114e) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Obeying the Holy Spirit >> Obeying the revelation from heaven >> Obeying the revelation by putting away the flesh – Jesus did not have authority to remove the stone; for when He told them to remove it, He was really talking to Martha, who was a member of the family. A gesture of her permission was all Jesus needed, something indicating that she believed, something she had to do, perhaps a simple nod of her head; how many calories did that take? This was her only involvement in her brother’s resurrection, yet if she didn’t give the okay to remove the stone, Jesus could not have performed the miracle. She played a very small part, yet a very important one. Martha gave permission for Jesus to raise her brother from the grave, and it was her brother who heard the word of God and came forth, so our obedience can have a very large influence on other people. The simple gestures we show God give Him permission to do His work in our lives and have a direct application in the lives of those around us. We are not passive spectators of God’s work but active participants in everything He does. He requires our obedience on some level, which He interprets as faith.

(117d) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Rest in Jesus (Sabbath) >> Let Jesus do the work >> Let Him work on your circumstances

(192g) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Result of putting off the old man >> Gain by losing >> Waiting for God to do it His way >> Being patient to receive something better -- These verses go with verses 3-6. Mary, who loved Jesus with all her heart told Him the same thing Martha said, accusing Him of Lazarus’ death, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” However, she said this with all reverence falling on her face at His feet, worshipping Him. She was conflicted between the glory she saw in Him and His absence when she needed Him most. She loved Him, but was angry with Him at the same time, which tied her emotions in knots. It was a time for Mary to trust that Jesus had her best interest in mind when it seemed He had forgotten her and her brother. He wanted to give her something greater than merely healing her brother; he wanted to raise him from the dead to increase her faith more than her expectations. Therefore, according to His Father, Jesus was in the right place at the right time, though it didn’t seem right to Mary; He intentionally stayed away for two more days after learning of his sickness.

(248c) Priorities >> God’s priorities >> The will of God >> The will of God is sometimes a mystery -- These verses go with verses 3-6

(248l) Priorities >> God’ s preeminence >> Values >> The Highest Values >> The life to come is more important than this one -- These verses go with verses 3-6

Jn 11,38-44

(32b) Gift of God >> God is our Father >> Grace >> Word of His grace

(115j) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Through obedience of faith >> Through determination -- Instead of giving a long, drawn out ceremony like most people would have done had they been given such power and authority from God, Jesus, who is the resurrection and the life of God, said a simple prayer, pointing people’s attention toward heaven and gave all the glory to His Father as the one who raises the dead. Jesus was flesh and blood like us. He had no power in His flesh to raise the dead or to open the eyes of the blind or to perform any miracle. He was able to raise Lazarus from the dead because He was the Son of God, which was the cause of His perfect righteousness, obedience and faithfulness to His Father. Therefore, through His perfection, we can believe in Jesus and receive a partial anointing that Jesus had. God raised Lazarus from the dead through Christ, because He obeyed the Holy Spirit, and God has given us an opportunity to do the same, suggesting why God does not always answer our prayers, because by our righteousness and the way we live do not always give glory to God. The purpose of raising Lazarus was primarily to glorify God and to increase the faith and trust of those around Him and those who would read the Bible throughout the ages, so we might believe that the Father sent the Lord Jesus as savior of the world. God wants us to believe in Him no matter how big or how difficult the circumstances, and He will answer our prayers to increase our faith, but we must first believe.

Jn 11,38-40

(14e) Servant >> Ministry of helps >> Being in charge of the details – These verses go with verse 44 – Jesus required two things to help Him perform this miracle: the first was merely physical, to roll away the stone, and the second was spiritual, to simply believe that Jesus was able to do it. Both were essential contributions to His success. Once Jesus raised Lazarus, He once again employed His helpers to set Lazarus free from his bandages. As we can see from this portion of Scripture, Jesus performs the miracles among us while we take care of the details.

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39-45 Jesus said, "Remove the stone." Martha, the sister of the deceased, said to Him, "Lord, by this time there will be a stench, for he has been dead four days." 40 Jesus said to her, "Did I not say to you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?" 41 So they removed the stone. Then Jesus raised His eyes, and said, "Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. 42 "I knew that You always hear Me; but because of the people standing around I said it, so that they may believe that You sent Me." 43 When He had said these things, He cried out with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come forth." 44 The man who had died came forth, bound hand and foot with wrappings, and his face was wrapped around with a cloth. Jesus said to them, "Unbind him, and let him go." 45 Therefore many of the Jews who came to Mary, and saw what He had done, believed in Him.

 

Jn 11,39-41

(107b) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Hearing From God >> Word creates faith >> Jesus’ words create faith -- These verses go with verses 25-27

Jn 11-39,40

(114a) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Obeying the Holy Spirit >> Believing the Father by obeying the Son >> Obeying Jesus’ word -- These verses go with verses 25-27. After telling the people to remove the stone in front of the tomb, and after Martha complained that it had been four days since he had died and that there would be a stench by now, He told her, “If you believe, you will see the glory of God.” Was it possible to remove the stone without believing? They could have done it just to humor the Lord, but knowing Mary and Martha, they had them remove the stone from faith.

(158c) Works of the devil >> Essential characteristics >> Divide and conquer >> Strife >> Contentions

Jn 11-39

(189aa) Die to self (Process of substitution) >> Separation from the old man >> Holy sacrifice >> The smell of death >> Stench of the dead – Death is mysterious. To look at a corps, we see the remains of a person we once knew, but that person is now gone. We think of the person while he was alive and try to reconcile our memories with his dead body and wonder how he lived in it and why we equated him with it, and now we see its lifeless attributes minus the person. When he was alive, body and soul were together, and it made perfect sense, but the moment he died, our understanding hit a dead end.

Jn 11-40

(5n) Responsibility >> Jesus’ yoke of obedience >> Our obligation to believe God – That word ‘believe’ is a big one. It means something a little different from ‘faith’, but that difference is important (See definitions under their respective subject matters). For example, the word ‘believe’ implies some level of obedience (action). When Jesus told Martha to believe, He was insisting on some action taken on her part to demonstrate her confidence in Christ. In fact, you can replace the word believe with the word ‘obey’ in most instances of the Bible. In this case it would read, "Did I not say to you, if you [obey], you will see the glory of God?" The difference between ‘belief’ and ‘faith’ is that you can obey without believing, and your action will persuade you to believe, whereas ‘faith’ is a God-like version of believing.

Jn 11,41-44

(114h) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Working the grace of God >> Jesus does God’s work >> All his works are done through the father >> Jesus exercises His will through the will of His Father -- It wasn’t Jesus who performed miracles, but His Father performed them through Christ. Jesus was merely obedient to the Father, and God through his obedience performed the miracles in the same way that God is willing to perform miracles through our obedience. Therefore, you could say that Jesus wasn’t so much powerful as He was holy and righteous.

Jn 11-41,42

(83a) Thy kingdom come >> Receiving from God through prayer >> Prayer of faith

(121d) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Hope >> Expectation >> Hope is the expectation to receive >> God initiates His interest

(143e) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Witnesses of Jesus >> The public >> Jesus ministered publicly

(146j) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Purpose of Miracles, Signs And Wonders >> Proof that Jesus is the son of God >> That the Church may believe -- These verses go with verses 3&4

(253f) Trinity >> Relationship between Father and Son >> Father and Son glorify each other >> Holy Spirit honors the Son through the Father >> Father honors the Son who honors the Father – Lazarus came forth by the word of Christ, not by the words themselves but by the promise of the Father, that whatsoever Jesus asks, He will do. This was not the Father’s idea to raise Lazarus from the dead but Jesus’ idea, and the Father supported Him on it. However, it was the Father’s idea to send Jesus to the earth in the first place to die for the sins of the world, and now that Jesus was here, He had a will too that was separate but congruent with the Father’s will, and Jesus wanted to show His friends the extent of power and authority that the Father had given Him. The Father was glorified in all that Jesus requested of Him, and so He was willing to give whatever Jesus asked, because of his perfect obedience. This shows two distinct yet united entities within the trinity. Jesus never asked amiss, but always asked for things His Father wanted to give Him, and this should be a heads-up for us. If we want our prayers answered, we should be just like Jesus and become intimately familiar with the will of God, so when we make request of Him, we are not asking amiss. If we will focus on His interests, He will focus on ours.

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Jn 11-43,44

(255d) Trinity >> Holy Spirit’s relationship between Father and Son >> God’s word is Spirit >> Jesus is the word of the Spirit >> Jesus is the authority of God’s word

Jn 11-44

(14e) Servant >> Ministry of helps >> Being in charge of the details – This verse goes with verses 38-40. When Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth,” he heard His voice from the grave and suddenly awoke, and he was bound from head to foot with wrappings. Lazarus is analogous to a sinner being saved by the grace of God. Although the person we are praying for in regard to salvation heard the voice of God and responded, he went from death to life, but he was still in bondage to the many sins he entertained previous to his newfound faith. The Church needs to work together to release him from his bandages. We don’t get someone saved and then just let him go on his own. He will wander till he gets lost again; his face will be covered and he won’t see where he is going and run into things. People will think he is a mummy, a freak; in fact, that is often how people feel about newborn Christians. We need to teach him how to walk with God and teach him the importance of listening to His voice and doing what he says. It is up to the Church to do this; Jesus didn’t help Lazarus with his bandages; it wasn’t his job; He has given that ministry to us to teach new converts the ways of God.

Jn 11,45-48

(186b) Works of the devil >> The result of lawlessness >> Blasphemy >> Cursing the Holy Spirit >> Consider the work of the Holy Spirit to be sin -- These verses go with verses 53&54. The miracle of raising Lazarus from the dead was one of the reasons the Jews conspired against Christ to have Him crucified, saying that if He continued in this way they would most certainly lose their prominence within society as Israel’s religious leaders. They feared that everyone would start believing in Jesus (as though that would be a bad thing), and raised the possibility that the Romans would come and take away their place and their nation. Every point they made was completely absurd, encapsulating the reprobate mind. Having this kind of response to signs, wonders and miracles, illumines the condition of their hearts, so callus and hardened beyond remedy and so profoundly unable to believe in God that it staggers the imagination. These are spooky people, completely disregarding the fact that a man was confirmed alive from the dead, and then to be concerned only with maintaining their business of religion proves these people to be completely unreachable. Not even God could help them. Why would the Romans come and take away their place and their nation because of Jesus? It didn’t make any sense. It was just an excuse for them to continue in their unbelief. Actually the Romans did just as they predicted, not because of Christ, but because of rejecting Him. It is a known fact that God used the Romans to judge Israel in AD 70. Their stubborn unwillingness to heed their own Messiah translated to the Romans destroying their temple and nation and dispersed the people. The Romans demanded of the Jews that they abolish their customs and take on the customs of the Romans, but the Jews were unwilling to do this. Jesus was asking the same thing of them. He came to take away the old customs of Jewish tradition from the Old Testament and establish a new covenant, which would not have conflicted with the Romans, since His proposition was based on love, and neither the the Romans nor the Jews had laws against such things.  

Jn 11-45,46

(201c) Denying Christ >> Whoever is not with Jesus is against him >> You are against Christ when your unbelief materializes >> If your heart is not with Him your deeds are against Him

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46&47 But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them the things which Jesus had done. 47 Therefore the chief priests and the Pharisees convened a council, and were saying, "What are we doing? For this man is performing many signs. 

 

Jn 11,46-48

(18h) Sin >> Twisted thinking >> Can’t distinguish between good and evil >> Jesus is evil -- These verses go with verses 53-57

(19i) Sin >> Hardened heart will twist your mind – The specific sign to which the Pharisees were referring was Lazarus. The only thing that mattered to them about a man who had the power to raise people from the dead was losing their place and their nation, though this wouldn’t have happened had they received their Messiah, who promised in the Old Testament that He would come and deliver them from all their enemies, so they were wrong in their estimation as they were wrong about just about everything. Instead, they lost their place and their nation because they wouldn’t believe in Jesus. This was a highly verifiable miracle with hundreds of witnesses; the Pharisees only needed to talk to a few of them to confirm the facts, and then fall at Jesus’ feet and worship Him, saying, ‘You are my Lord and my God,’ but that was not about to happen. They surmised the situation and became diabolical in their thinking and hatched a plan to rid themselves of this man. They saw Him as a threat to their position in society as leaders of Israel. They didn’t have politicians back then; they had spiritual leaders, since Israel was and always will be a spiritual nation. Israel was the only nation that was literally created by God through the choice of Abraham. 

(21h) Sin >> Premeditated sin >> Having no intensions of doing the will of God

(39ja) Judgment >> Jesus defeated death >> Jesus defeated this world system >> Jesus defeated people who serve Satan – Jesus told everybody in no uncertain terms what He was doing, “Repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand.” Jesus was in the process of establishing the Kingdom of God on the earth. Only because His own people rejected Him, we discover that His intent was to manifest the kingdom on a spiritual level before the physical manifestation (Millennium). This was to illustrate that under the reign of Christ there will be an unseen spiritual layer that is just as vital as the physical layer. This is also the case with our current bodies and eventually with our resurrected bodies, there is a spiritual layer underneath the natural layer. In this thousand-year reign of Christ Jerusalem will become the capital city of the world, but none of this would happen at Jesus’ first coming, since He came to give His life to buy mankind from sin, using the religious establishment to do it, who wanted Him dead. The Old Testament prophets spoke of the Millennium (the new covenant was also mentioned, but Israel glossed over it). After the age of grace there will be an age of Millennium when Jesus comes again and establishes His kingdom in power and glory. God predestined it this way, and so it must happen according to Scripture, but it appears that things are unfolding differently from the way it reads in the Bible, like the earth appears differently from a satellite than it does from the perspective of the ground.

(180a) Works of the devil >> Practicing witchcraft >> Wolves lead people into a cult >> Leading people for sordid gain

(185d) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Mystery of lawlessness >> Denying Christ in spite of His proven identity – The Pharisees didn’t want anything to change because they had a good thing going. They had prestige among the people and they were financially wealthy, and these things were more important to them than spiritual matters, though they were Israel’s spiritual leaders, being hypocrites. They didn’t care about worshipping God or obeying His word; they only cared about how they appeared to people and how much money they could fleece from them. For these things they were willing to sacrifice the truth and the facts, even though a notable miracle had occurred. Jesus was confirmed raising a man from the dead, and it meant nothing to them. This goes back to what Jesus said in the parable about the rich man and Lazarus, where the rich man represented the Pharisees. The rich man asked Abraham, ‘Have Lazarus go to my father’s house and tell my brothers to repent, for they will listen to a man from the grave,’ but Abraham replied, “If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone rises from the dead.” This shows two things: the word of God is more convincing than signs, wonders and miracles, and it shows the profound numbness of the human spirit to be unaffected by convincing proofs if one chooses to ignore them. There are people living in the world today who are this numb to the things of God; even if they witnessed someone rising from the dead they still wouldn’t believe. Such things would not have a bearing on their lives or in their thinking, but they would dismiss it all and sacrifice the truth to preserve whatever is more valuable to them than the truth.

(249j) Priorities >> God’ s preeminence >> Wealth >> World’s perception of wealth >> The world's wealth erodes good values >> The world’s wealth is deceitful

Jn 11,47-53

(241k) Kingdom of God >> Opposition toward the Kingdom of God >> Persecuting the kingdom >> Persecution to the death >> Kill Jesus >> Kill Jesus because of what He did

Jn 11-47,48

(76b) Thy kingdom come >> Motives >> Seeking authority for security >> Motives based on desire for power – The chief priest and Pharisees convened a council in effort to stop Jesus as a result of Him raising Lazarus from the dead. They could have used their authority as spiritual leaders of Israel to promote Jesus so all may believe in Him; nevertheless, He accomplished the things He came to do through their rejection of Him. Raising Lazarus was the last straw, like they said, “If we let Him continue, all men would believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.” The only thing that mattered to the Romans was keeping the peace, and Jesus wasn’t causing any riots. The Romans recognized Jesus as a spiritual leader who was gaining popularity among the people, teaching them to obey authority and love their fellow man; this did not conflict with the interests of the Romans. Instead, the chief priests and Pharisees were the ones who threatened a riot. They were the ones who stood to profit from disorder and rioting and civil unrest. Jesus did not cause the Romans to take away their place and their nation; they did it themselves, not by having Jesus crucified, but by rejecting the gospel after the fact. Had the nation of Israel received the gospel, it would have made the Jews more conciliatory toward the Romans, but as history reveals, the Jews picked a fight with the Romans and they lost their place and their nation in 70 AD.

(162e) Works of the devil >> Being a slave to the devil (Addictions) >> Bondage >> A slave to unbelief >> Bondage to an inability to believe – The religious leaders of Israel did not have the slightest inclination to believe in Jesus, though they admitted He performed many signs. The fact that they called them signs was an admission that this was not the result of trickery. They admitted that Jesus literally raised Lazarus from the dead, having done investigative work to ascertain the facts, yet they would not believe in Him. This correlates with the story of the rich man and Lazarus (a different Lazarus; Lk 16,19-31)? In hell the rich man said, “‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent!’ 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.’” This must be the most bone-chilling verse in the Bible, Jesus also having said to the religious leaders of Israel in Mat 23-33, “How will you escape the sentence of hell?” Jesus was by this telling them that they were not listening to Moses and the prophets either. The chief priests and Pharisees believed in their Old Testament writings, but they did not live according to them. Jesus was telling them that if they don’t live according to their beliefs, then they simply don't believe. In other words, how we live is what we believe. If we live a secular life in the flesh, then that is what we believe. To live according to the world and then say that we believe in the Bible is to confess the Bible as the true word of God, but we don’t actually believe in it, because we don’t live by it. This is exactly what was happening to the religious leaders of Israel; they believed in their Old Testament, but they didn’t live according to it, meaning they merely affirmed that the words of Moses and the prophets came from God.

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48-51 "If we let Him go on like this, all men will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation." 49 But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, "You know nothing at all, 50 nor do you take into account that it is expedient for you that one man die for the people, and that the whole nation not perish." 51 Now he did not say this on his own initiative, but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation,

 

Jn 11-48

(198g) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Ordained by man >> Having evil motives for seeking leadership positions >> In the ministry for their own personal gain

Jn 11,49-53

(55j) Paradox >> Opposites >> Fulfilling your own prophecy – What we have with sinners obeying the will of God is a mixed bag of motives, and we see in the background God manipulating people and using the forces of evil to achieve His goals, which we might think God couldn’t do because He is good, but He is also highly resourceful. In fact, He has been using evil ever since the origin of evil through Lucifer. If evil were not involved in the death of Jesus, it would not have had the effect of canceling the power of sin. Caiaphas prophesied, though it is questionable he even knew what he was saying, since he was one who demanded Jesus’ death. It would be one thing for Caiaphas to prophesy this and evil men performed it, but it is another thing for Caiaphas to prophesy this and be the one to make it happen. He prophesied about something that his sinful nature wanted, Jesus’ death, and then made plans to have Him killed, helping to fulfill the prophecy. 

Jn 11,49-52

(108e) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Balance >> God's sovereignty balances good from evil – Doing the will of God with an evil motive carries with it a very complex interplay of motives. Usually everything in the spiritual realm is straightforward, but in cases like this it produces a very convoluted effect. For example, the people involved, Caiaphas and all the other religious leaders of Israel including the entire priesthood, were totally in the dark about everything. They couldn’t possibly untangle the gnarl of motives between themselves and God, having a limited perspective combined with their rebellion. Their religion being a business venture rather than of a service to God and the people would never come to the understanding of what actually happened on the day of Jesus' death. In fact, we could say that religious reprobates such as Caiaphas who would blaspheme the Holy Spirit at the drop of a hat never really knew any of their own motives. They were totally in the dark about themselves and how they related to God, in total darkness as spiritual leaders of Israel, claiming to be a beacon of light for the people, but in fact the opposite. This is the case in so many churches today, people having no business in positions of spiritual authority attempting to lead others into a relationship with God. Their only accomplishment is to lead people and their churches into further darkness and apostasy.

(110e) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Spirit and the word >> Spirit speaks through you >> God chooses men to speak through

(152j) Witness >> Validity of the Father >> Witnesses of the father >> Prophets >> The Church holds the position of a prophet >> Church operates under a prophetic anointing >> Speaking a prophetic word from God – Anybody who wanted Jesus dead was not a true worshipper of God, though it was the will of God that He should die. Therefore, God used the office of high priest to prophesy the death of His Son more than He used Caiaphas, who merely acted as a puppet in God’s hand for that brief moment. The will of man is always involved in everything God does through man, and this was also the case with Caiaphas; there was a will in him to prophesy, but the words themselves belonged to God. When God works through His believers, and they render their obedience to Him, they are working with the grace of God to achieve His will. Caiaphas, however, though a highly religious person with strong beliefs in the traditions of temple worship with a lengthy knowledge of Old Testament law and the prophets was a strong advocate of Moses,  believed in the manuscripts handed-down throughout the generations that spoke of Israel’s illustrious past and their relation to God. He believed the doctrines, but he didn’t obey them, except in this particular case.

(179h) Works of the devil >> Practicing witchcraft >> Wolves >> False prophets >> Prophesy truth with an evil motive – When it comes to spiritual things, we have only a few possible scenarios that can explain what happened: Caiaphas either acted from obedience, or he acted from disobedience, or he acted as an amalgamation of the two. The latter was the case with Caiaphas who prophesied by the Spirit of God that Jesus would die for the nation, though he assisted in His assignation. This amalgamation of obedience and disobedience carries with it an assortment of motives that are almost impossible to untangle. The prophecy came from the mouth of one who was personally unaware of God’s plan for Jesus to give His life a ransom for the sins of the world. His death was the will of God with the potential to benefit the nation and the world, but Caiaphas didn’t have one positive motive for what he did, so both good and evil were evenly sprinkled throughout the scenario of Jesus’ death.

(209i) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Jesus is our sacrifice >> Jesus paid the price for us >> Jesus paid our ransom with His own blood

(216k) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> God’s will over man >> God Is Independent Of His Creation >> You cannot control God’s desire for you >> man is not in control of God’s gift -- This was a strange and rare occurrence with Caiaphas prophesying about the offering of Jesus’ body on the cross for the sake of all the people, while later he cast his lot against the Lord during his mock trial. Through hatred he was in favor of the righteous and holy gift of His flesh that would meet God's requirement to forgive the people through faith in His sacrifice. The high priest, Caiaphas, was not a righteous man, nor did the words he spoke come from his heart. Rather, as high priest that year God grabbed his tongue and formed the words in his mouth, as though against Caiaphas’ own will. This may happen more often to people in authority as a message that proceeds from a credible source.


52-57 and not for the nation only, but in order that He might also gather together into one the children of God who are scattered abroad. 53 So from that day on they planned together to kill Him. 54 Therefore Jesus no longer continued to walk publicly among the Jews, but went away from there to the country near the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim; and there He stayed with the disciples. 55 Now the Passover of the Jews was near, and many went up to Jerusalem out of the country before the Passover to purify themselves. 56 So they were seeking for Jesus, and were saying to one another as they stood in the temple, "What do you think; that He will not come to the feast at all ?" 57 Now the chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that if anyone knew where He was, he was to report it, so that they might seize Him.

 

Jn 11-52

(211a) Salvation >> Jews and gentiles are being saved >> Gentiles included >> Fellow heirs with Israel (Spiritual Jew) >> We are one in Christ

Jn 11,53-57

(18h) Sin >> Twisted thinking >> Can’t distinguish between good and evil >> Jesus is evil -- These verses go with verses 46-48. The day before they arrested Jesus, He stood in the temple and taught, and He discussed with the Pharisees whatever points of issue they desired. He rebuked them so severely that He virtually destroyed them. After Jesus told them the truth about themselves, they resembled the living dead, for when people lie to themselves, something within them dies. Jesus told them they were spiritually dead, like concealed tombs, and He revealed their deadness to all the people. Jesus made them look at the real condition of their hearts at least for a moment, and it was like looking into the sun; it had a blinding effect. They thought they could see, and Jesus proved to them beyond the shadow of a doubt that they were totally blind. They couldn’t see through the thick darkness that they had made in their own hearts.

(21k) Sin >> Premeditated murder – When the Pharisees found Jesus, they wanted to arrest Him, but there was a problem with the people; the Pharisees didn’t want to start a riot. Other than that, they didn’t foresee any other problem. It would have been unpopular to arrest Him in broad daylight, since Jesus was a man of the people. He wasn’t a self-aggrandizing bureaucrat like the Pharisees, nor did He use the people to get rich off their backs or to make a name for Himself. He didn’t ask anything from them, especially not money; instead, He spoke the truth to them from God and He healed their diseases, and so why wouldn’t the people love Him? It would have been impossible for the Pharisees to arrest Jesus in a crowd.

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Jn 11-53,54

(89f) Thy kingdom come >> Fear of God is the beginning of wisdom >> Deeds of wisdom – When Jesus returns at the Millennium, He will treat His enemies with a spiritual weapon that will resemble a nuclear bomb, “Now this will be the plague with which the LORD will strike all the peoples who have gone to war against Jerusalem; their flesh will rot while they stand on their feet, and their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongue will rot in their mouth” (Zechariah 14-12). When he comes in the glory of His Father with all the holy angels, His very appearance will destroy them, “whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming” (2The 2-8). However, while He was in the flesh and making purification for sins through His own death, He wasn’t going to kill anybody. In fact, this is what He said to His disciples, James and John, who wanted to call down fire on a village just because the people would not receive Christ, saying to them in Lk 9-55,56, “You do not know what kind of spirit you are of; for the Son of Man did not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them.” We don’t get to destroy our enemies because they looked crosswise at us; instead, Jesus avoided them. The Jews were not so dedicated to killing Jesus that they sent a search party after Him. They hated Him well enough, and when the time was right, they would kill Him, but they were not going to chase Him, probably because they were afraid of Him. Sometimes the wisest thing to do is avoid certain people who don’t like us; this is the wisdom of God, which wins over judgment.

(186b) Works of the devil >> The result of lawlessness >> Blasphemy >> Cursing the Holy Spirit >> Consider the work of the Holy Spirit to be sin -- These verses go with verse 57

(205b) Salvation >> Salvation is based on God’s promises >> According to promise >> Promise of His rest – After the raising of Lazarus, Jesus and His disciples switched gears and went to Ephraim. Before Lazarus, they were going from village to village healing every known disease and preaching the gospel, but after Lazarus things changed. They went to a quiet place and relaxed and enjoyed each other’s company for a while. They probably preached the gospel in Ephraim too, but Jesus came for the Jews only, the lost children of the house of Israel. His ministry was not to the gentiles, so however many Jews were in Ephraim at the time determined the length of His ministry. No doubt it was good to go there and reenergize and to get to know each other a little better. These were probably good times the disciples had with Jesus, camping with Him and telling stories around the fire.

(253l) Trinity >> Relationship between Father and Son >> Jesus is subject to the will of the Father – Jesus was God in human flesh avoiding the Jews, who wanted to kill Him after He raised Lazarus from the dead. After this He and his disciples went to Ephraim, a secluded place. He must have felt like Elijah after he called down fire from heaven to consume the evening sacrifice, he ran from Jezebel into the wilderness. We would think that because He was the Son of God He could do whatever He wanted, since He could walk on water, if He wanted to walk among the Jews He could that too and nobody could stop Him. However, at the time Jesus did not have all power and authority over heaven and earth, but was relying on His Father to perform His miracles. Even if He could, He would not misuse His power, since He was trying to teach the principles of the Kingdom of God to His disciples that He wanted His church to follow. He didn’t walk among the Jews who wanted to kill Him anymore than we can have whatever we want just because we are Christians. 

Jn 11-53

(210c) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Jesus is our sacrifice >> God uses sinners to sacrifice His son -- Jesus was persecuted more than ever for raising Lazarus from the dead. You would think people would have blessed and glorified Him for doing this. Had He only charged the people exorbitant prices to heal them, and forced Mary and Martha into a lifelong contract with Him to pay for His services and even Lazarus once his life was returned to him, then maybe the religious leaders of the time would have respected Him, but Jesus didn’t need or want their respect. He only needed the will of God at the center of His life. His enemies ironically were more involved than anyone in bringing to pass the will of His Father by seeking His flesh as the Passover lamb.

Jn 11-57

(186b) Works of the devil >> The result of lawlessness >> Blasphemy >> Cursing the Holy Spirit >> Consider the work of the Holy Spirit to be sin -- This verse goes with verses 45-48

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