John 11:1-44

For the next several months we will be walking through the life and teachings of Jesus as told to us by someone who walked with Him, the Apostle John.

In John 11, Jesus tells a grieving Martha that He is “the resurrection and the life”. This statement in conjunction with the miracle of raising Martha’s brother, Lazarus, from the dead puts Jesus on a sure course for His death on the cross. The miracle takes place just a few miles away from Jerusalem in the town of Bethany and the repercussions of Lazarus’ resurrection carry shockwaves throughout the religious class in Judea. Moreso than that though, Jesus’ assertion that He is “the resurrection and the life” causes tension with the religious leaders.

For us, this statement can (and probably should) cause tension as well. Do we really believe that His glory is more important than our lives here on earth? Would we be willing to (as Thomas says in this passage) “go and die with Jesus”, if it meant that the Gospel and the glory of our King would be advanced? Where do you struggle right now to believe that Jesus could speak life into a desperate situation? Do you have space carved out this week to meditate on Jesus’ statements in John 11 and allow Him to bring life and rest for your soul?

If you would like to begin a conversation about following Jesus or would like to talk more about how your story and the Gospel connect, we would love to hear from you. If you have questions, please feel free to ask them here.

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