Day 11 • Then Jesus Wept

John 11

The Raising of Lazarus

1 A man named Lazarus was sick. He lived in Bethany with his sisters, Mary and Martha. 2 This is the Mary who later poured the expensive perfume on the Lord’s feet and wiped them with her hair. Her brother, Lazarus, was sick. 3 So the two sisters sent a message to Jesus telling him, “Lord, your dear friend is very sick.”

4 But when Jesus heard about it he said, “Lazarus’s sickness will not end in death. No, it happened for the glory of God so that the Son of God will receive glory from this.” 5 So although Jesus loved Martha, Mary, and Lazarus, 6 he stayed where he was for the next two days. 7 Finally, he said to his disciples, “Let’s go back to Judea.”

8 But his disciples objected. “Rabbi,” they said, “only a few days ago the people in Judea were trying to stone you. Are you going there again?”

9 Jesus replied, “There are twelve hours of daylight every day. During the day people can walk safely. They can see because they have the light of this world. 10 But at night there is danger of stumbling because they have no light.” 11 Then he said, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but now I will go and wake him up.”

12 The disciples said, “Lord, if he is sleeping, he will soon get better!” 13 They thought Jesus meant Lazarus was simply sleeping, but Jesus meant Lazarus had died.

14 So he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead. 15 And for your sakes, I’m glad I wasn’t there, for now you will really believe. Come, let’s go see him.”

16 Thomas, nicknamed the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let’s go, too—and die with Jesus.”

17 When Jesus arrived at Bethany, he was told that Lazarus had already been in his grave for four days. 18 Bethany was only a few miles down the road from Jerusalem, 19 and many of the people had come to console Martha and Mary in their loss. 20 When Martha got word that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him. But Mary stayed in the house. 21 Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask.”

23 Jesus told her, “Your brother will rise again.”

24 “Yes,” Martha said, “he will rise when everyone else rises, at the last day.”

25 Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. 26 Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?”

27 “Yes, Lord,” she told him. “I have always believed you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who has come into the world from God.” 28 Then she returned to Mary. She called Mary aside from the mourners and told her, “The Teacher is here and wants to see you.” 29 So Mary immediately went to him.

30 Jesus had stayed outside the village, at the place where Martha met him. 31 When the people who were at the house consoling Mary saw her leave so hastily, they assumed she was going to Lazarus’s grave to weep. So they followed her there. 32 When Mary arrived and saw Jesus, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died.”

33 When Jesus saw her weeping and saw the other people wailing with her, a deep anger welled up within him, and he was deeply troubled. 34 “Where have you put him?” he asked them.

They told him, “Lord, come and see.” 35 Then Jesus wept. 36 The people who were standing nearby said, “See how much he loved him!” 37 But some said, “This man healed a blind man. Couldn’t he have kept Lazarus from dying?”

38 Jesus was still angry as he arrived at the tomb, a cave with a stone rolled across its entrance. 39 “Roll the stone aside,” Jesus told them.

But Martha, the dead man’s sister, protested, “Lord, he has been dead for four days. The smell will be terrible.”

40 Jesus responded, “Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believe?” 41 So they rolled the stone aside. Then Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, thank you for hearing me. 42 You always hear me, but I said it out loud for the sake of all these people standing here, so that they will believe you sent me.” 43 Then Jesus shouted, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 And the dead man came out, his hands and feet bound in graveclothes, his face wrapped in a headcloth. Jesus told them, “Unwrap him and let him go!”

The Plot to Kill Jesus

45 Many of the people who were with Mary believed in Jesus when they saw this happen. 46 But some went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. 47 Then the leading priests and Pharisees called the high council together. “What are we going to do?” they asked each other. “This man certainly performs many miraculous signs. 48 If we allow him to go on like this, soon everyone will believe in him. Then the Roman army will come and destroy both our Temple and our nation.”

49 Caiaphas, who was high priest at that time, said, “You don’t know what you’re talking about! 50 You don’t realize that it’s better for you that one man should die for the people than for the whole nation to be destroyed.”

51 He did not say this on his own; as high priest at that time he was led to prophesy that Jesus would die for the entire nation. 52 And not only for that nation, but to bring together and unite all the children of God scattered around the world.

53 So from that time on, the Jewish leaders began to plot Jesus’ death. 54 As a result, Jesus stopped his public ministry among the people and left Jerusalem. He went to a place near the wilderness, to the village of Ephraim, and stayed there with his disciples.

55 It was now almost time for the Jewish Passover celebration, and many people from all over the country arrived in Jerusalem several days early so they could go through the purification ceremony before Passover began. 56 They kept looking for Jesus, but as they stood around in the Temple, they said to each other, “What do you think? He won’t come for Passover, will he?” 57 Meanwhile, the leading priests and Pharisees had publicly ordered that anyone seeing Jesus must report it immediately so they could arrest him.

  • Breanna W.

    I am so glad to see that you actually do study the bible i have met many pastors and people who say they know the bible cover to cover and could not tell me the shortest verse. my mom taught it to me when i was only three and i have never forgotten it. thank you for that. i have been enjoying this series and the 21 encounters.

  • tiffany

    Thanks pastor Kerry, you really help and remind me put god first in this year. I love your 21 daily with christ. I wonder how about 22 daily with Chirst?

  • Vera Wiseman

    LORD THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE ANOTHER ENCOUNTER WITH YOU BEFORE STARTING MY DAY. I ASK IF THERE IS ANYTHING THAT IS STILL HOLDING ME BACK FROM EXPERIENCING YOU AT ANOTHER LEVEL THAT YOU HELP ME GET RID OF IT AS I CONTINUE TO BECOME MORE DISCIPLINED LIKE YOU. IT IS IN JESUS NAME I PRAY! AMEN

  • Belinda Ramirez

    Thank you Lord for all the guidance you provide me with. Thank you Pastor Kerry Shook for the 21 days daily with Christ. Amen

  • Terry Wolfe

    Having PAstor Kerry do the introduction has been very rewarding. Thanks Lord for your servants who point us to your Son.

  • Malynda Self

    As I go through my day I Pray that Jesus is unwrapping my dead clothing and with him by my side anything is possible a new dream, a new relationship with him and with my loved ones.
    Thank you for this 21 day study it has opened my heart and my mind , putting me where I belong back into the loving arms of our Lord Jesus Christ whom like that one sheep have wondered off ..

  • Lori Hofferber

    Thanks Pastor Kerry.

  • Amy Dwyer

    I really liked the analogy of the grave clothes to the things we carry (old habits, old patterns) that we shed as we grow in Christ. Thanks for today’s message.

  • Jeannette

    Agreed. I see the resurrection of a dying dream, waiting (mostly patiently)with great excitement to see what Christ has planned.

  • Elizabeth O’Dell

    Thank yoy Pastor Kerry for your words of encourgement today. It brought a spark back into the dream that I let die in me along time ago. But, again thank you for now I have put a spark back into my dream and I know that God will resurrect it. Thanks.

  • Jess

    41 Then Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, thank you for hearing me. 42 (a)You always hear me.

    Wow, What a powerful verse.

  • Jason Grimsley

    Unloose the death cloths of the life that has past. That is the part that requires total dependence on the Lord our Savior. Inspirational truths that light up our days and our nights. God bless Pastor Kerry.

  • Dewana Harding

    As I was reading today’s message, I couldn’t help but say a little prayer for the Lord to loosen my grave clothes and to guide to coming closer to him. It is so easy to lose sight of the Lord and go to doing what you have always done. I pray for the strength to help me in the journey. I missed four days of this journey and I really had a burden on my heart. I know he is working in me, I just have to let go of the wheel. God Bless everyone.

  • Nelly Garcia

    HE IS THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE. I AM PRAYING THAT OVER MAYRA (MY COUSIN’S COUSIN) WHOSE BEEN GIVEN 2 WEEKS TO LIVE. WE’RE BELIEVING THIS FOR HER LIFE AND AS I GO SEE HER I WILL SHARE THIS WORD WITH HER. I KNOW THE WORD HAS POWER. THANKS PASTOR FOR YOUR LOVE AND TENDER CARE TO YOUR SHEEP.

  • Mike Sullivan

    I don’t know you Vera, but thank you for giving me a prayer for the day. I am praying the same prayer.

  • Shika Weathers

    Thank you, Pastor Kerry. I really needed to hear the things you said in your video. Everything you said hit home and made me feel better about so many things that is taking place in my life as of right now. John 11 touched my heart today and I am grateful to have the Son of God in my life and his word is powerful.

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  • Debbie

    I made a difficult choice today regarding my son, but thanks to this message I feel the spirit. I have given it to God.

  • Luis Lozada

    I am thankful for the Love of God Who sent His Son, our Lord jesus to conquer death in our behalf. We are resurrected in Him Who loves us.

  • John M.

    Vera,

    Great prayer. So many times we don’t realize the things / activities that hold us back from time with God. I pray as well that God would reveal those things (TV, Video games, Computer, whatever it may be) in my life holding me back from time with Him.

  • http://? felecia courtright

    in reading GODS WORDS i see there is hope for me, GOD can do anything even passed where i feel dead. lift me up from my grave and show me how to remove these drab clothings of dead that i am being strangled by. in JESUS name Amen

  • Jimmy Rife

    Thank you so much Pastor Shook for sharing this Book of John with us. It is very uplifting and very educational. It truly shows us just how much Christ really did for us then and now. God bless.

  • http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/anitacook Anita

    To me, verse 42 means that our prayer can have two purposes – one, to communicate with the Lord; two, to encourage other people by the words we pray.
    What an awesome word!