John 11:17-44 | Where Are You Jesus?
John 11:17-44 | Where Are You Jesus?
June 11, 2023 |
Sunday Morning
John 11:17-44 | Where Are You Jesus?
John C. Majors |
John 11:17-44
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Sunday Morning | June 11, 2023 | John C. Majors | Louisville, KY In this sermon based on John 11:17-44, Pastor John explores the responses of four individuals to Jesus’ delay in raising Lazarus from the dead. Martha, known for her practicality, takes the initiative and expresses a mix of rebuke, belief, and disappointment, followed by a statement of faith. Jesus responds by revealing his identity as the Resurrection and the Life. Mary, on the other hand, initially remains seated in despair but eventually goes to Jesus with a posture of worship. Jesus is deeply moved and troubled, possibly by the grief, the extravagant display of mourning, the anger at death and sin, or the unbelief present. He weeps, showing his humanity and divinity combined, and engages with Martha and the Jews in both logical and emotional ways. Jesus asks Martha if she believes, and she demonstrates her practical nature by agreeing to roll the stone away. Jesus prays, thanking God, and calls Lazarus by name, modeling the perfect response to Jesus’ call. Pastor John concludes the sermon by offering four ways to grieve in a God-honoring way: avoiding isolation, moving toward Jesus, walking by faith, and speaking truth to oneself while acknowledging grief.