John Lesson 15 Day 3 ~ John 11:17-44
6. Martha’s test of faith—John 11:21-28
Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. Even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give to you.
Martha had complete confidence that Jesus could and would have healed Lazarus if he arrived before Lazarus’ death.
Unlike the Centurion, Martha didn’t believe Jesus could “say the word, and he will be healed.”
But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.
Martha had faith to believe God would answer Jesus’ prayer and raise her brother from the dead, but God was the one who would perform the miracle. She didn’t know Jesus was divine. She saw him as a prophet who had a special connection with God.
Jesus said, “Your brother will rise again.”
Martha assumed Jesus meant Lazarus would be raised up in the resurrection at the end of time. (The Jewish writings after the captivity are full of this doctrine.
Adam Clarke) The thought of waiting until then was little consolation.
Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life”
It is just as easy for Jesus to raise Lazarus now as it will be to raise him later.
Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.
7. “I am, right now, Resurrection and Life.” (MSG)
“The whole power to restore, impart, and maintain life, resides in me. What higher claim to supreme divinity than this grand saying can be conceived?” (Jamieson-Fausset-Brown)
“In Him was life [and the power to bestow life], and the life was the Light of men.” John 1:4 AMP
“Just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life [and allows them to live on], even so, the Son also gives life to whom He wishes.” John 5:21 AMP
The one who believes in me, even though he or she dies, will live. And everyone who lives believing in me does not ultimately die at all.
“All sin can do is threaten us with death, and that’s the end of it. Grace, because God is putting everything together again through the Messiah, invites us into life—a life that goes on and on and on, world without end.” Romans 5:21 MSG
8. When Jesus saw Mary sobbing,
When Jesus saw her sobbing, and the Jews who had come with her also sobbing, He was deeply moved in spirit [to the point of anger at the sorrow caused by death] and was troubled. John 11:33 MSG
Jesus loved Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. He stayed in their home often, perhaps even as a boy while he studied in the temple. They were like family.
On a broader scale, God loved the world so much he sent his own son—the son he loved so dearly—to conquer sin, the source of death. (John 3:16)
God mourns when I mourn. He understands my sorrow—sees my tears and remembers them. (Psalm 56:8)
MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on John Lesson 15 Day 3 ~ John 11:17-44