When You Have to Make a Faith Move

John 11:1-16 NKJ

1     Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.

2     It was that Mary who anointed the Lord with fragrant oil and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.

3     Therefore the sisters sent to Him, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.”

4     When Jesus heard that, He said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”

5     Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.

6     So, when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days 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, lately the Jews sought to stone You, and are You going there again?”

9     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 one walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.”

11   These things He said, and after that He said to them, “Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up.”

12   Then His disciples said, “Lord, if he sleeps he will get well.”

13   However, Jesus spoke of his death, but they thought that He was speaking about taking rest in sleep.

14   Then Jesus said to them plainly, “Lazarus is dead.

15   And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe. Nevertheless let us go to him.”

16   Then Thomas, who is called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with Him.”

  1. Jesus’ friends get sick.
  2. Jesus’ love gets seen.
  3. Jesus’ disciples get schooled.

John 11:18 NKJ – Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles away.

John 10:22-31 NLT22 It was now winter, and Jesus was in Jerusalem at the time of Hanukkah, the Festival of Dedication. 23 He was in the Temple, walking through the section known as Solomon’s Colonnade. 24 The people surrounded him and asked, “How long are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.” 25 Jesus replied, “I have already told you, and you don’t believe me. The proof is the work I do in my Father’s name. 26 But you don’t believe me because you are not my sheep. 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, 29 for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand. 30 The Father and I are one.” 31 Once again the people picked up stones to kill him.

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