June 4, 2023 |
John 11:1-16 | When Love Feels Like Hate
John C. Majors |
Sunday Morning | June 4, 2023 | Pastor John C. Majors | Louisville, KY In this sermon, Pastor John focuses on John 11:1-16, exploring the themes of death, God’s will, and the disciples’ response. He emphasizes that death is inevitable for everyone and that all must grapple with it. He highlights the historical reliability of the account of Lazarus’ resurrection and addresses the question of why God allows bad things to happen to good people. Pastor John presents four brief responses to this challenging question: human freedom, the potential for growth through suffering, God’s sovereignty and unseen purposes, and the idea that God can use sinful choices to bring glory to Himself. He highlights the importance of walking in the light of God’s will and explains that the safest place to be is within the Father’s will, even when the outcome is unclear. Pastor John appreciates Jesus’ patient and kind nature in explaining His purpose to the disciples, who often appear confused. He highlights Thomas’ loyalty and willingness to follow Jesus even if it means facing death. The sermon concludes with the reminder that death is inevitable, and the crucial question is how we will choose to live.