Sermon Passage: John 11:28-44
Sermon Title: I am the Resurrection and the Life pt.2
Sermon by: Pastor Davy (Youth)
Sermon Summary: In this famous passage of the resurrection of Lazarus, we find three major bodies in the narrative that reveals more about our relationship to Christ and the amazing work that he has come to do. One of the most famous verses in this passage is the shortest verse in the bible, John 11:35. This short verse is famous only because it is the shortest verse in the bible at only two words. But the message that it conveys is the whole gospel.
When we look at this text in the original language, we can see that Jesus’ reaction to the death of Lazarus and the mourning of the Jews is not the same “weeping” as the Jews. Jesus weeps silently and is weeping not because Lazarus died for he knew that he would be raised up again. Rather, Jesus sheds his tears because he sees the brokenness of his created world and see how deeply sin and death has impacted and is not controlling our lives.
And we have evidence of this brokenness in the faithlessness of Mary/Martha and the Jews in the narrative. Jesus needs to reemphasize that it is that we first believe then we see the glory of God. It is important for us to realize that we do not see, hear, touch, smell, and taste God and then we believe. No it is exactly the opposite. We first believe then we see the glory of God in all of it’s majesty.
And the climax of the narrative is seen in the resurrection of Lazarus. We may be led to fantasize that this is a magnificent resurrection as if in a movie. But, this is only a foreshadow of the great resurrection of Jesus Christ. Lazarus is risen back into a mortal life and physical body. But later in John 20, we see that Jesus is restored into eternal life and a spiritual body (1 Corinthians 15).
So, let us believe and see the glory of God. Jesus has come to overcome what causes his tears in verse 35. and he has done it. So, let us put our faith in Him who has overcome even death and grave.