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Jesus is the Lord of life | Week of May 13th

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

From the sermon series: Christ, the Lord of life

In John 11, Jesus receives word that Lazarus is sick. Jesus knows that Lazarus dies from this sickness, but He waits a few days before returning to Bethany to see his friend. Upon arriving, Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead.

When Jesus goes to open the tomb of Lazarus, Martha warns Him that there will be a stench because Lazarus has already been dead for four days. Jesus responds in verse 40, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” The miracle that Jesus performs when Lazarus is resurrected is a moment when God’s glory is revealed. Lazarus’ illness and death provided the opportunity for Jesus to be glorified as God. When we suffer in our own lives, particularly when our suffering is in relation to being a disciple of Jesus, we can see and be in awe of how God’s glory is displayed in that situation.

Journal Prompt: How have you seen God’s glory in your life? How does knowing that your suffering may be an opportunity to reveal God’s glory help you to endure that suffering?

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