John Lesson 15 Day 4 ~ John 11:32-44
9. Jesus thanked the Father for hearing him.
Jesus said, “You always hear me, but I said it out loud for the sake of all these people standing here, so that they will believe you sent me.” NLT (emphasis added)
10. a. Jesus said, “Unbind him and let me go.”
John 11:44 (Wuest Translation)
Untie him at once and permit him to be departing. Therefore, many of the Jews, those who had come to Mary and had viewed attentively that which He did, believed in Him.
b. We were crucified with Christ and resurrected with him.
Just as Lazarus’ physical body was dead and separated from his family, we were spiritually dead and separated from God until we were born again from above by the Spirit of God. We were crucified with Christ and resurrected with him.
I have been crucified with Christ [that is, in Him I have shared His crucifixion]; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body I live by faith [by adhering to, relying on, and completely trusting] in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. (AMP)
Jesus said, “You’re not listening. Let me say it again. Unless a person submits to this original creation—the ‘wind-hovering-over-the-water’ creation, the invisible moving the visible, a baptism into a new life—it’s not possible to enter God’s kingdom. (MSG)
You know well enough how the wind blows this way and that. You hear it rustling through the trees, but you have no idea where it comes from or where it’s headed next. That’s the way it is with everyone ‘born from above’ by the wind of God, the Spirit of God. (MSG)
Then Jesus turned to the Jews who had claimed to believe in him. “If you stick with this, living out what I tell you, you are my disciples for sure. Then you will experience for yourselves the truth, and the truth will free you.” (MSG)
Could it be any clearer? Our old way of life was nailed to the cross with Christ, a decisive end to that sin-miserable life—no longer at sin’s every beck and call! What we believe is this: If we get included in Christ’s sin-conquering death, we also get included in his life-saving resurrection. We know that when Jesus was raised from the dead it was a signal of the end of death-as-the-end. Never again will death have the last word. When Jesus died, he took sin down with him, but alive he brings God down to us. From now on, think of it this way: Sin speaks a dead language that means nothing to you; God speaks your mother tongue, and you hang on every word. You are dead to sin and alive to God. That’s what Jesus did. (MSG)
And you [He made alive when you] were [spiritually] dead and separated from Him because of your transgressions and sins, (AMP)
11. Jesus’ authority to give life
John 10:10 Jesus gives us eternal life.
A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of. (MSG)
John 17:1-2 God gave his Son power and authority over all mankind.
When Jesus had spoken these things, He raised His eyes to heaven [in prayer] and said, “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, so that Your Son may glorify You. 2 Just as You have given Him power and authority over all mankind, [now glorify Him] so that He may give eternal life to all whom You have given Him [to be His—permanently and forever]. (AMP)
Ephesians 2:1-5 Gotta love those, “but God” verses!
4 But God, being [so very] rich in mercy, because of His great and wonderful love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were [spiritually] dead and separated from Him because of our sins, He made us [spiritually] alive together with Christ (for by His grace—His undeserved favor and mercy—you have been saved from God’s judgment).
Colossians 3:1-4 Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. (NIV)
1 Thessalonians 4:16 The Master will come again to get us.
For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven with a shout of command, with the voice of the archangel and with the [blast of the] trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. (AMP)
MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on John Lesson 15 Day 4 ~ John 11:32-44