Daily Bible Studies & Sermon Notes

John 11:25-40
Pastor Steve Schell
Sunday: John 11:25-26
vs25-26: To His statement that He is the resurrection and the life Jesus added, “And the one who believes in Me, even if he should die, he will live, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will not die into the age” (literal). And then He asked her, “Do you believe this?” The first part of His statement is addressed to the person who believes in Him but then their body dies. That person is promised resurrection (standing again). Someday their spirit will be clothed with an incorruptible, physical body. The second part of His statement is addressed to the one who believes in Jesus and is still alive. He or she has no reason to fear death. Their spirit, the real person, never ceases to exist but simply steps into the presence of God.

Monday: John 11:27
v27: Martha’s answer to Jesus’ question, “Do you believe this?” was “Yes, Lord,” to which she added three statements, each of which declares Jesus to be the fulfillment of a key prophetic promise about Israel’s coming Savior. The first term, “Christ” (Anointed One), refers to the promise that God made to David that he would have a son who would sit on his throne forever (2Sa 7:12-17). The second term, “Son of God,” comes from a statement made in Psalm 2 in which God will declare the Messiah to be His “begotten Son” on the day He places Him on a throne on Mount Zion. At that moment God will give Him the authority to rule all the nations of the earth (Ps 2:1-9). Paul says that promise has already been fulfilled. It took place the day Jesus was resurrected (Ac 13:33). The third term Martha used was “the One coming into the world.” Those words refer to the Prophet which Moses said would arise in Israel, and like Moses, would speak to the people with words that came directly from the Lord (Dt 18:15, 18-19; Mt 11:3; Jn 1:21, 25; 6:14).

Tuesday: John 11:27
v27 (continued): Jesus is, indeed, the fulfillment of each of these prophetic promises, but the question He asked Martha that day meant, “Do you believe that I can raise your brother back to life, now?” (paraphrase). She answered, “Yes, Lord,” but only a short time later, when He commanded the stone to be removed from the door of Lazarus’ tomb, she warned Him, “Lord, now he smells” (literal) (v39). That response indicates that she wanted to believe, but her faith was not strong. Moments later, as Lazarus walked out of that door, all doubt was gone instantly (v44).

Wednesday: John 11:28-31
vs28-31: After confessing Jesus in terms which were no less bold or definite than Peter’s response at Caesarea Philippi when Jesus asked him, “Who do you say that I am?” (Mt 16:15-16; “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God”), Martha went back to the village to tell her sister that Jesus had arrived. She spoke to her secretly saying, “The Teacher is waiting just outside the village, and He asked that you come there” (paraphrase). Apparently when Martha first learned of Jesus’ arrival she did not inform her sister but left her sitting in the house with the guests (v20). But as soon as Mary discovered that Jesus was there she quickly went out to meet Him. He was still waiting at the same place where Martha had met Him. It seems He wanted to speak to each sister without a crowd of mourners listening to their conversation, but when Mary rushed out of the house her guests followed thinking she was going to the cave, where Lazarus had been buried, to grieve.

Thursday: John 11:32-24
v32: When Mary arrived and saw Jesus she fell on the ground at His feet and said, “Lord, if You had been here my brother would not have died.” Those are the very same words her sister had said to Him (v21). Like Martha, Mary was certain that Jesus would have healed Lazarus had He arrived before he died, but also like Martha, she expressed no hope that Jesus could now raise her brother back to life. vs33-34: Then Mary began to sob, as did her guests who had followed her. Surrounded by such sorrow, Jesus responded in a surprising way. John says He became angry, so angry that He may have groaned and His body trembled, and then He asked the mourners, “Where have you put him?” (literal), and they answered, “Sir (lord), come and see.”

Friday: John 11:35-37
vs35-37: At that moment tears began to flow down Jesus’ face. Some of the religious leaders who had followed Mary out of the house saw those tears and assumed that they came because of His great compassion for Lazarus. They said to one another, “See how He loved him!” (literal). But others among them reacted very differently. They accused Jesus of being heartless because He had allowed His friend to die. They asked, “Could not this man who opened the eyes of him who was blind, have kept this man also from dying?” They still vividly remembered the miracle Jesus had performed only a few months earlier (Jn 9:1-7), and they questioned why He hadn’t used that same power to rescue Lazarus. Their goal was to attack His character by suggesting that He was cold and loveless.

Saturday: John 11:38-40
vs38-40: Their perpetual unbelief, in spite of all the miracles they had seen, and their unwavering hostility, even at a funeral, seems to have infuriated Jesus, and He groaned again while He was walking toward the tomb. The tomb was carved into the walls of a cave located somewhere near the village. Interestingly, John says there was a stone lying upon the opening to the cave, not in front of it, implying that the entrance was a hole in the ground with steps leading down into the cave. Jesus’ command reinforces that image. He told the mourners to lift the stone off the grave, not roll it aside. That command alarmed Martha. The thought of having the grave opened and the stench of her brother’s decaying body pour out into the crowd was more than she could bear. She warned Him, “Lord, he smells now, it’s the fourth [day]!” (literal), to which Jesus replied, “Didn’t I tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?” (literal).  

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