Seek God (3) - Notes
Week 3 - To reveal Christ’s glory to all peoples
John 11:1-6, 14-15
A man named Lazarus was sick. He lived in Bethany with his sisters, Mary and Martha. This is the Mary who later poured the expensive perfume on the Lord’s feet and wiped them with her hair. Her brother, Lazarus, was sick. So the two sisters sent a message to Jesus telling him, “Lord, your dear friend is very sick.”
But when Jesus heard about it he said, “Lazarus’s sickness will not end in death. No, it happened for the glory of God so that the Son of God will receive glory from this.” So although Jesus loved Martha, Mary, and Lazarus, he stayed where he was for the next two days.
Finally, he said to his disciples, “Let’s go back to Judea. Lazarus is dead. And for your sakes, I’m glad I wasn’t there, for now you will really believe. Come, let’s go see him.”
1. JESUS RevealS HIS glory
God’s highest purpose is not our comfort nor our healing, but Jesus’ glory. Jesus certainly cares about our comfort and our healing, but on the other side of His concern for His own glory.
When Jesus saw her weeping and saw the other people wailing with her, a deep anger welled up within him, and he was deeply troubled. “Where have you put him?” he asked them.
They told him, “Lord, come and see.” Then Jesus wept. The people who were standing nearby said, “See how much he loved him!” But some said, “This man healed a blind man. Couldn’t he have kept Lazarus from dying?”
Jesus was still angry as he arrived at the tomb, a cave with a stone rolled across its entrance. “Roll the stone aside,” Jesus told them.
But Martha, the dead man’s sister, protested, “Lord, he has been dead for four days. The smell will be terrible.”
Jesus responded, “Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believe?”
2. JESUS REVEALS HIS EMOTIONS
Jesus shows anger, grief, love and hope
Jesus doesn’t keep an emotional distance; He enters fully into the experience of life and pain and death and grief
So they rolled the stone aside. Then Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, thank you for hearing me. You always hear me, but I said it out loud for the sake of all these people standing here, so that they will believe you sent me.”
Then Jesus shouted, “Lazarus, come out!” And the dead man came out, his hands and feet bound in graveclothes, his face wrapped in a headcloth. Jesus told them, “Unwrap him and let him go!”
3. JESUS REVEALS HIS AUTHORITY
Good thing Jesus led with “Lazarus” because He would have emptied the whole graveyard
John 11:45-47, 53
Many of the people who were with Mary believed in Jesus when they saw this happen. But some went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done.
Then the leading priests and Pharisees called the high council together. From that time on, the Jewish leaders began to plot Jesus’ death.
4. THE LEADERS REVEAL THEIR JEALOUSY
The Sanhedrin’s jealousy sets the stage for Jesus’ ultimate glorification, His death on the cross
Jesus replied, “Now the time has come for the Son of Man to enter into his glory. Now my soul is deeply troubled. Should I pray, ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But this is the very reason I came! Father, bring glory to your name.”
5. BRINGING JESUS GLORY
Our crucifixion of self, our emotions (anger, grief, love, hope), our prayers for others and God’s answers continue to bring glory to Jesus
We only have control over 1,2,3, but not 4. But even 1,2,3 will bring glory to Jesus. And a 4 will just seal the deal. So let’s focus on what we have control over and not try to control God. He will do what’s right for the glory of Jesus.