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The Gospel of John Series � Part 6 of 10

John 11:17-27

Jonathan Langford

March 6, 200



17On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. 18Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem, 19and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother. 20When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.

21�Lord,� Martha said to Jesus, �if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.�

23Jesus said to her, �Your brother will rise again.�

24Martha answered, �I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.�

25Jesus said to her, �I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; 26and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?�

27�Yes, Lord,� she told him, �I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.�

John 11:17-27


 �I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; 26and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?�                                                                                                              John 11:25-26


The Fall:


��but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.�                                                                        Genesis 2:17


The Result:


For the wages of sin is death,                                                           Romans 6:23a


The Promise:


He who believes in me will live, even though he dies;                     John 11:25b


The Purpose:

But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.�                                    John 20:31


The Challenge:

�Do You Believe This?�                                                         John 11:26b




Free to:

  • Factor in Eternity
  • Face down my fears
  • Follow Christ
  • Find and fulfill my life purpose
  • Finish my race
  • Face to face with Christ


*************Todd Beamer 4 min track from VHS


Two questions surround Jesus claim �I am the resurrection and the life�.


I.          The Truth Question:  �Is it true?�


    1. Witnesses verified Jesus raised Lazarus:

�Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, put their faith in him.�      John 11:45

    1. Jesus predicted His own resurrection:

�Jesus answered them, �Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.�                                                         John 2:19

    1. An empty tomb.
    2. A dramatic change in the disciples after Good Friday.
    3. A multitude of witnesses: 

��he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. 6After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep.                                                                                                      1 Cor. 15:4-6

    1. Credibility of the New Testament writers.
    2. Testimonies of changed lives today.


**Testimony John Norris


II.    The meaning question: �What difference does it make? So What?�



Believe it or not: the two most pressing needs you and I have are:


1.      The need for our sins to be taken away, restoring a right relationship with God. 


�And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.�                                        1 Cor. 15:17  


�For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit,�        1 Peter 3:18


2.      The need to overcome death          


 That if you confess with your mouth, �Jesus is Lord,� and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.�                                                                 Romans 10:9




The two great enemies of my life are:


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