John 11 –Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead taught by Pastor Don Moore
Bible study taught 3/29/13
John 11:38 Then Jesus, again groaning in Himself, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it.
The tomb containing the body of Lazarus whom Jesus will raise from the dead.
John 11:39 Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.”
Martha tells Jesus Lazarus has been in the tomb for four days. We have to fight against the conclusions of our mind. Our human mind is presumptuous and reduces us to think in terms of our circumstances and what we see. We must learn to live in the spiritual realm, not dominated by the carnal body. Martha is telling Jesus her opinion from an intellectual point of view.
John 11:33 Therefore, when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled. Comes from the same processing as verse 38 (see above).
Jesus is responding to the fact that the mind of man is missing the purpose and intent of God – even Mary and Martha who are close to Him. We think that the way we are thinking, seeing and feeling is the way God should perceive our situation.
John 11:21 Now Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.
Martha is accusing God for showing up late, she sees Jesus coming, but is not believing.
Jesus was groaning. In most of our deepest and most important spiritual walks we’re alone. Most of our ministry is carried out alone. When we separate ourselves from God we are alone.
John 11:34-35 And He said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to Him, “Lord, come and see.” Jesus wept.
Jesus cuts to the chase – let’s do what I have to do. Jesus wept. When you know God and you’re dealing with people you love who don’t know God the way you do, it brings us to a tearful revelation.
Jesus is going to bring the greatest glory before He goes to the Cross.
John 11:23-27 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”
Jesus tells Martha her brother will rise again – Martha replies in the resurrection at the last day. This was not what Jesus put on the table. Martha did not line up with God’s intent. Some would say she lacked faith.
Martha was upset that Jesus did not show up when she thought he should have shown up. From her point of view Jesus was doing his ministry with other people and didn’t make it in time for Lazarus, one whom He loved. She felt He passed over her pressing need to minister to others. This attitude must have hurt Jesus.
We must remember that in the New Testament, when we see Jesus of Nazareth, we don’t see him as God and spiritual until after the Resurrection. When Jesus walked on earth He was fully human, He had placed His God-ness aside so He could demonstrate to us the Second Adam reflection of the First Adam. As human, Jesus listens to the voice of the Lord and the leaning of the Spirit. He, of Himself, can do nothing – only what He hears His Father speak and the Holy Spirit’s leading.
Philippians 2:5-11 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. (9) Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name,(10) that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
We need to realize that verse 9 happens because Jesus willingly left His God ability and became a man to give us an example of what we potentially can do until we do as He does and exercise what God has told us we can do. If believers begin to lean on the guidance of the Holy Spirit in daily life, miracles will follow such as blind eyes being made to see.
John 11:39-40 Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.” Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?”
Jesus is a little annoyed. There comes a time in all our walks when we finally go, yeah, I’ll obey. He wants us to obey in small things. If we don’t obey in the little things, then He stops. If we don’t listen to the Holy Spirit when He is trying to help us, then we grieve the Holy Spirit and He stops nudging us.
One area pastors see this in is the area of forgiveness. People don’t want to obey God by forgiving those who have hurt them.
We are told Mark 11:25-26 And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.”
We must forgive to be forgiven. We face the punishment of our own words and actions. It is the little foxes that spoil the vine (Song of Solomon 2:15).
John 11:41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.
Where is the prayer? Jesus didn’t pray – He just said, “I thank You (God) that You have heard Me.”
John 11:42 And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.”
Jesus had said a private prayer, but then expresses a verbal statement to the people so that the people believe God sent Jesus and that they give glory to God.
John 11:43-44 Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.”
Loose him and let him go. Israel (figuratively) and Lazarus are in a tomb – a hole, a cave near Bethany.
There is a question of historicity – everyone in the village knew this miracle, that Lazarus was raised from the dead. If this was a made-up story someone from this village would have come forth and said that it was a lie.
Lazarus was pronounced dead and laid in the tomb – and for four days. In that time, once a person has been dead three days, they are considered dead, no one ever rose after the fourth day. Once a person died they were placed in a tomb for enough time for the body to decay and the bones to be left. The bones were then unearthed and put in a ossuary, a bone box with the dimension of approximately 14” by 10” by 8” . These were then placed in the family gravesite. Remember Joseph’s father was brought back from Egypt and buried.
Lazarus was bound the way Jesus was bound when Jesus was laid in the tomb – in strips of old fabric and herbs. He came out of the cave but still had his burial bindings on.
Jesus said, “Lazarus come forth.” Remember Jesus only says what His Father (God) tells Him to say. The Holy Spirit said to call Lazarus forth. Jesus did so at the unction of the Holy Spirit.
We would see way more healings and deliverances if we didn’t get emotionally pumped up, but rather waited for a Word from the Lord before we acted.
John 11:45 Then many of the Jews who had come to Mary, and had seen the things Jesus did, believed in Him.
The Jews did not believe His Words, they believed in Jesus for miracles that exceeded expectation.
John 11:46-47 But some of them went away to the Pharisees and told them the things Jesus did. Then the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered a council and said, “What shall we do? For this Man works many signs.
The Pharisees and chief priests gathered together to discuss the incredible signs Jesus demonstrated, asking what should we do. They had to admit that these were great signs and they came to a totally different conclusion. Their power was threatened.
John 11:48 If we let Him alone like this, everyone will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and nation.”
If the Israelites worshipped Jesus, then the Romans would take power and position away from the Pharisees and priests – and also the nation of Israel. The Jews were admitting they worshipped Rome and the Roman world.
John 11:49 And one of them, Caiaphas, being high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all,
Archeologists recently found Caiaphas’ bone box.
John 11:50 nor do you consider that it is expedient for us that one man should die for the people, and not that the whole nation should perish.”
What was Caiaphas’ motive in saying this? We identify Caiaphas as evil, but we have to be careful in this judgment.
God is declaring Jesus’ sacrifice so that the Romans would not destroy the nation. Jesus has to do this.
Really religious Jews at that time interpret God’s Word through their own thinking. We have to kill Jesus and then we will ingratiate ourselves to God.
Yet, what they had from God in the person of Jesus was a real blessing, and yet they decided to stop Jesus.
Ask yourself, when you hear a prophecy, what’s my interpretation and is it based on the way I see things, the way things are, or is God calling me to have a different conclusion?
We allow intellectual and emotional bias to corrupt us. Caiaphas is interpreting this that Rome is god and they are delivering our nation.
You have to know, when you get a prophetic Word, not to interpret through emotions, desires, ideas. Know that the prophecy could be long-term, not short-term.
John 11:51 Now this he did not say on his own authority; but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation,
Caiaphas did not say this on his own authority, it was a prophecy that Jesus would die for the nation on a cross in His Holy City. Caiaphas was the high priest, he would go into the temple and the Holy of Holies (The inner temple), to bring incense and sacrifice. God comes to the temple, into the Holy of Holies with the Shekinah glory of the Holy Spirit. As High Priest Caiaphas must sanctify himself, sacrificing for his sins and the sins of the nation. If Caiaphas did not sacrifice for Caiaphas’ personal sins, the true presence of God would have killed Caiaphas. In his heart he desires to minister for the Lord, and he hears the word of this prophecy.
Be careful your mind does not interpret before you get a clear understanding of what was exactly said. Too often a prophet speaks. We hear the words, the words are close to our desires or the desires of others, so we get an interpretation of this Word of God based on our desire, but we get the interpretation wrong.
John 11:52 and not for that nation only, but also that He would gather together in one the children of God who were scattered abroad.
Also, gather together the children of God that were scattered abroad.
John 11:53 Then, from that day on, they plotted to put Him to death.
So then they plotted to kill Jesus.
Caiaphas got the big prophecy and reduced it to a little prophecy and misinterpreted it. After Jesus was crucified, Caiaphas did the entire Passover sacrifice correctly. In those days they tied a red ribbon on the door of the Temple. When they released the scapegoat in the past, God turned the red ribbon white to show that the sacrifice had been accepted. Historians tell us that the year after Jesus’ crucifixion the ribbon did not change colors, it remained red. (Remember the veil of the Temple split from top to bottom when Jesus was crucified). When the ribbon did not change color Caiaphas tore his clothing and stepped out of the office as High Priest. It is fitting because Jesus has stepped into the office of High Priest.
Praying your day is blessed.