Worship Service May 16, 2021

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May. 16, 2021

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Eyewitness Good News

Eyewitness Good News: “Dead Or Alive”

John 11:1, 3–17, 20–27, 33–45, 48

1. Introduction

    a. Why would a __________ God allow __________ things to happen?  

        i. Have you ever done anything bad?

        ii. How could a good God allow __________ to happen?

        iii. The inevitable conclusion: The only way for a good God to prove to me he exists is to __________ all evil and potential evil, including __________. If he did that, then I wouldn’t be __________.

    b. John would respond to this question by declaring he saw God in a body, co-exist with evil people. He didn’t prove he was God by __________ evil. He did something else. Instead of eliminating me, he __________ me. Instead of eliminating me, he went to work eliminating the evil __________  me.

2. John’s Journey…

3. The Sixth Sign: Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead (Bethany)

“How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”  Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me.” 

John 10:24–25

    a. I’ve given you __________. You just won’t embrace it.  

    b. Then, Jesus goes all in. He gave the entire community a __________ that was so indisputable that it forced the hand of the “willfully blind”.

“Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha…So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.” When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death.  No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.”

    c. This implies that Jesus doesn’t believe bad things __________ God.

    d. This sickness, this evil, was left unattended on purpose…because it had a purpose…a sickness for God’s __________.

“Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.  So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days, and then he said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.”  “But Rabbi,” they said, “a short while ago the Jews there tried to stone you, and yet you are going back?”

    e. They were raising the real issue by questioning, “You want us to go back? Can you go without us?”  

“Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Anyone who walks in the daytime will not stumble, for they see by this world’s light. It is when a person walks at night that they stumble, for they have no light.”

    f. Twelve Hours = __________: Follow the light of the world while the light of the world is in the world. If you stay here out of __________, you’ll live to regret it. You’ll stumble around in the darkness trying to make sense out of life that makes no sense.

“After he had said this, he went on to tell them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.” “Lord, if he sleeps, he will get better.” Jesus had been speaking of [Lazarus’] death, but his disciples thought he meant natural sleep. 14 So then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead, and for your sake I am glad I was not there…”

    g. It was for __________ sake and mine.  

    h. For all of us, Jesus manufactures a sign. It was a new one and likely the most miraculous one.

“…so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” Then Thomas…said to the rest of the disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.” “On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days…When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him…“Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died.

    i. God, you could have, but you _________.” There’s nothing wrong with your faith when something doesn’t go your way. Jesus shows us bad things happen to good, godly, ________ -of-Jesus people.

But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” “I am the resurrection and the life.” The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.

    j. Ironically, Jesus said Lazarus would not die, but he did. In the same way you’ll die, but you __________. Death is simply a door.

Do you believe this?” “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”  

“When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled.  “Where have you laid him?” he asked. “Come and see, Lord,” they replied.

    k. When he arrives outside the tomb, he pauses. He enters into the emotion of the moment with divine __________.

“Jesus wept. Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”

    l. There is the question you and I both ask, “Why didn’t Jesus do something about this?”

    m. As it turned out, he could have, but he didn’t. He chose instead to condense eternity to the span of a single __________ …the pain, disappointment, fear, anger, unanswered prayer, faith, tears of God, and then finally the resolution of the entire life experience for all humankind so future generations could live with hope …including you and me.

“Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb…“Take away the stone,” he said.” “But, Lord,” said Martha…“by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.”

    n. John knows this is an important detail—There was a rabbinical belief that the soul hovers near the body for __________ days ready to re-enter. So the four days makes is abundantly clear that Lazarus is dead.  

“Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said…“Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.” When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.” Therefore, many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him.

    o. It was such indisputable evidence that Jesus’ opponents called a meeting and decided Jesus and Lazarus had to __________.

“If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and then the Romans will come and take away both our temple and our nation.”  

John 11:1, 3–17, 20–27, 33–45, 48

“Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.” 

John 3:19

    p. God didn’t eliminate the evil. He placed it on his __________, so that you would not perish but have eternal life.  

4. Conclusion of Eyewitness Good News:  

    a. Public __________.

        i. Prays for the Father to be glorified—God centric.

        ii. Public: He wants the crowd to hear and __________ God’s power.

    b. He calls Lazarus out by __________.

        i. He has said earlier that he knows his __________ and the sheep know his voice.

        ii. John 5:28-29: “Do not be astonished at this; for the hour is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and will come out—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.”

        iii. Isaiah 43:1: “Do not be afraid, for I have redeemed you. I have called you by your name. You are mine.”

    c. This sign parallels Jesus’ upcoming __________.

        i. Prayers for the Father to be glorified.

        ii. Lazarus’ __________ resurrection points forward to Jesus’ resurrection.

        iii. Jesus asked, “Where have you place him?”, is the same question Mary will ask of Jesus’ at the tomb.

        iv. They had to roll away the __________ for Lazarus—The stone was already rolled away at Jesus’ tomb.

        v. Lazarus comes out of the tomb still wrapped in the burial linens. When Jesus is raised, his linens are neatly rolled up.

These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

John 20:31