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Seek God (3) - Questions

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Week 3 - To reveal Christ’s glory to all peoples

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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.”

Why did Jesus wait? How do you feel about Jesus waiting? How would your life change if you understood that God’s highest purpose is not your comfort nor your healing, but Jesus’ glory?

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John 11:33-40

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?”

Jesus shows lots of emotion in this passage – anger, grief, love and hope. Where in the passage does Jesus show each emotion? What does this show of emotion say about Jesus?

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John 11:41-44

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!”

What does it say about Jesus’ authority that He can simply say, “Lazarus, come out!” and Lazarus comes out?

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Revelation 1:17-18

When I saw Jesus, I fell at his feet as if I were dead. But he laid his right hand on me and said, “Don’t be afraid! I am the First and the Last. I am the living one. I died, but look—I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and the grave.

John sees the Risen Lord in all of His glory and is literally “floored”. How does knowing that Jesus has the keys of death and the grave help you face life and death?

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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.

In the Gospel of John, Jesus’ ultimate glorification is the cross. Through His crucifixion He brought glory to the Father and to Himself.

The challenge is to see Jesus’ ministry as our ministry. To do what Jesus did. How can our crucifixion of self, our emotions (anger, grief, love, hope), our prayers for others and God’s answers continue to bring glory to Jesus?

Respond to this thought - 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.

Share a story where Jesus received glory because of a prayer that you prayed.

What do you think of Eleanor Mumford’s story of the child’s healing in Norway?

How can your group pray for you?

Karl House