The Life of Christ: Jesus Raising Lazarus


Read John 11:1-37

As you come to this passage, work hard to not distance yourself from the sadness and tragedy of Mary and Martha. Ask yourself, what situation are you facing that feels desperate that you hope Jesus will step in and intervene?

In v.4, what do you think Jesus’ means that this miracle that’s about to happen will “glorify” the Son of God?

In vv. 9-10, What does Jesus’ saying about the workday mean in relationship to the danger he faces in going so close to Jerusalem?

In v. 11, How does Jesus know that Lazarus is dead when the initial report was that he was sick (v.3)? Why do you think this is important?

In v. 17, what is the background information that makes John’s comment about Lazarus being dead for 4 days significant?

In vv. 21-27 and vv. 28-34, how do you feel Martha and Mary are handling the death of Lazarus? What do you think about their faith?

Read John 11:38-44

In v. 33 & v. 38, Why do you think Jesus was “deeply moved” (meaning indignant or even angry)? What do you think Jesus was feeling?

What details struck you as Jesus raised Lazarus?

Application:
  1. Do you sometimes wonder when things are hard if God is paying attention? Explain.
  2. Does Jesus Care about our hard situations? How do you know?
  3. What is the difference between our plans (what we want) and God’s plans?
  4. Do you sometimes struggle with protecting yourself from hoping God can work a miracle? Why?
  5. Describe what biblical hope looks in your life that believes Jesus’ words: “I am the Resurrection and the life, he who believes in me will live even if he dies.”
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