1. Hello listening friends
2. We have been looking at the gospel of John
3. And we are coming very close to the end of these seven signs from the gospel of John
4. People are always fascinated by the question of death and dying.
5. For more than a century, we have been pinning our hopes on science to provide us with utopia and immortality.
6. But today, our generation is resigning itself to accepting the inevitable.
7. Recently, there have been many... newspaper headlines... books... magazines... dealing with death and dying issues.
8. In the western, university courses offered on the subject of death and hell are growing in number.
9. These courses are among the most popular courses on college campuses today.
10. There is a major university, for example, that has a waiting list on a course offered on hell.
11. The secular world and the unbelievers are trying to cope with the subject of death without Jesus Christ.
12. That is why there are so many books on near death experiences.
13. There are many stories about people who supposedly died and came back again.
14. I like what a well known unbelieving actor in America said about death,
15. "I am not afraid of death. I just don't want to be around when it comes to me."
16. In a certain cemetery, the following epitaph appeared on a tombstone;
17. Pause stranger, when you pass me by,
18. As you are now, so once was I
19. As I am now, so you will be
20. So prepare for death and follow me.
21. Underneath these words, an unknown passer-by inscribed the following words:
22. To follow you, I am not content,
23. Until I know which way you went.
24. There are even some who decided to capitalize on the increasing number of people who believe the reincarnation deception.
25. An organization promised that if you would give them 10,000 pounds,
26. They would invest it for you.
27. They would also give you a secret password.
28. After your death, they would contact you through a medium.
29. The would find out the name and location where you would be reborn.
30. After your return,...
31. You will be put under hypnosis and regressed until you can tell them your secret password.
32. Then, they would give you your money back, with all of the interest it earned.
33. The advertisement said that the longer you stayed dead, the richer you would become.
34. Some people actually believed this false promise and invested their money.
35. Interest in death, and what happens after death should be a very a serious issue to all people.
36. If you are joining our broadcast for the first time,
37. We are starting the last message in a series called, “The Seven Signs in John’s Gospel”.
38. Raising Lazarus from the dead was the 7th and the last miracle that Jesus performed according to the Gospel of John.
39. This miracle took place just prior to Jesus own redeeming death on the cross and His own resurrection.
40. It goes without saying that humanity's enemy #1 is death.
41. That is why all these useless and futile efforts of coping with death.
42. They all have never produced one single solution to death and dying.
43. In raising the dead,...
44. Jesus demonstrated the He and He alone has overcome Public Enemy #1.
45. In raising Lazarus from the dead,...
46. Jesus assures everyone who receives Him as Savior and Lord of their own resurrection.
47. He assures us that we too... have defeated death.
48. He assures us that we too .have overcome the hopelessness of dying.
49. He assures us that we too have victory over Public Enemy #1.
50. There was a devoted Christian who died on August 14, 1940.
51. He had cards announcing his death to be ready to send out
52. The only space left on the card was the date.
53. Here is how the card read:
54. August 14, 1940. Triumphant through grace.
55. This is to announce;
56. I have moved out of the old mud-house. (2 Corinthians 5:2).
57. And I have arrived in glory land instantly... in charge of the angelic escort. (Luke 16:22)
58. Absent from the body at home with the Lord. (2 Corinthians 5:6)
59. I find as foretold in Psalm 16:11; In His presence fullness of joy, pleasures forevermore.
60. Will look for you on the way up on the redemption of the body. (Romans 8:23)
61. Till then... Look up!
62. You see that is what a Christian death is all about.
63. The gospel records that there are three times when Jesus raised dead people from their death.
64. One was the son of the Widow of Nain.
65. One was Jairus' daughter.
66. And the other was Jesus’s friend, Lazarus.
67. One was raised before the funeral procession.
68. One was raised during the funeral procession.
69. One was after the funeral procession.
70. One was dead for two hours.
71. The other was dead for two days.
72. And, Lazarus was dead for two weeks.
73. Please turn with me to John 11 as we study together from the word of God the raising of Lazarus from the dead.
74. Let us read it together
11:1 now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.
This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair.
So the sisters sent word to Jesus, "Lord, the one you love is sick."
when he heard this, Jesus said, "This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God's glory so that God's Son may be glorified through it."
Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.
Yet when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days.
Then he said to his disciples, "Let us go back to Judea."
"But Rabbi," they said, "a short while ago the Jews tried to stone you, and yet you are going back there?"
Jesus answered, "Are there not twelve hours of daylight? A man who walks by day will not stumble, for he sees by this world's light.
It is when he walks by night that he stumbles, for he has no light."
After he had said this, he went on to tell them, "Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up."
His disciples replied, "Lord, if he sleeps, he will get better."
Jesus had been speaking of his death, but his disciples thought he meant natural sleep.
So then he told them plainly, "Lazarus is dead,
and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him."
Then Thomas (called Didymus) said to the rest of the disciples, "Let us also go, that we may die with him."
on his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days.
Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem,
and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother.
when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.
"Lord," Martha said to Jesus, "if you had been here, my brother would not have died.
But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask."
Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again."
Martha answered, "I know 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 will live, even though he dies;
and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?"
"Yes, Lord," she told him, "I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world."
And after she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside. "The Teacher is here," she said, "and is asking for you."
when Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him.
now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him.
When the Jews who had been with Mary in the house, comforting her, noticed how quickly she got up and went out, they followed her, supposing she was going to the tomb to mourn there.
when Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died."
when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled.
"Where have you laid him?" he asked. "Come and see, Lord," they replied.
Then the Jews said, "See how he loved him!"
but some of them said, "Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?"
Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance.
"Take away the stone," he said. "But, Lord," said Martha, the sister of the dead man, "by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days."
Then Jesus said, "Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?"
So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, "Father, I thank you that you have heard me.
I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me."
When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!"
the dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, "Take off the grave clothes and let him go."
Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did put their faith in him.
But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done.
then the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the Sanhedrin. "What are we accomplishing?" they asked. "Here is this man performing many miraculous signs.
If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and then the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation."
then one of them, named Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, spoke up, "You know nothing at all!
you do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish."
He did not say this on his own, but as high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation,
and not only for that nation but also for the scattered children of God, to bring them together and make them one.
So from that day on they plotted to take his life.
Therefore Jesus no longer moved about publicly among the Jews. Instead he withdrew to a region near the desert, to a village called Ephraim, where he stayed with his disciples.
(John 11:1‑54 NIV)
75. This is a very significant sign or miracle
76. And I want to spend a great deal of time to talk to you about it.
77. But I noticed that my time has run out.
78. I want to share with you the great encouragement that comes to all believers from this miracle.
79. Let me urge you to tune in next time and listen to the rest of the miracle.
80. Until then I wish you Gods riches blessing.