The resurrection and the life!
Scripture reading for November 5th: John 11
Key Scriptures: John 11:11-16 “After saying these things, He said to them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I go to awaken him.” The disciples said to Him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover.” Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought He meant taking rest in sleep. Then Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus has died, and for your sake I am glad that I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” So Thomas, called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with Him.””
Jesus was friends with Lazarus and his sister, Mary and Martha. He often stayed at their home in Bethany, just over the Mt. of Olives. When Jesus was there recently, the Jewish leaders had tried to stone Him, but he escaped. A message was sent to Jesus that Lazarus was ill, but Jesus waited to go to him. Jesus knew that Lazarus’ sickness would not ultimately lead to death, but that God would be glorified through his miraculous escape from death. When Jesus did decide to go, Thomas expressed the lack of faith that most probably felt: “Let us go and die with Him.” They were about to be schooled on the glory of God found in Jesus Christ, their Lord. Death is likened by Jesus to sleep and resurrection to an awakening for those who believe!
John 11:21-23 “Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.””
Faith confession and prayer: Lord, thank You for this amazing account of the raising of Lazarus from death and this display of God’s glory. You give me hope and vision of Your future kingdom and the truth of the promise of resurrection and eternal life. Open doors today to share this amazing hope and message of life eternal.
John 11:24-25 “Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in Me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, Who is coming into the world.””