Lazarus (John 11:1-53)
Sunday with your kids
Lesson summary: Jesus is the resurrection and the life.
In our bible story we learned:
1. God planned Lazarus’ death for the glory of the Son.
2. Jesus is the resurrection and the life.
3. Jesus is Lord over death.
Where is the Gospel?
How does today's Bible story fit into God's greater plan of redemption?
“I am the resurrection and the life.” With these words, Jesus revealed that he is the author of life, God over all creation, and the object of our faith. He had already explained to the disciples that he was glad he was not in Bethany to heal Lazarus so that Lazarus might rise again. Now, Jesus declares that he is the one who rules over life itself. Martha, who had earlier complained that her sister, Mary, was wasting time at the feet of Jesus, declared her faith with two simple words: “I believe.”
These two simple words are all that God requires. “I believe” is the statement of faith that God requires of us all. It forces us to submit to God’s Word and points us to his saving plan through the death of his Son. The raising of Lazarus is a picture of the gospel. Death looks to claim people, but the plan of God through Jesus conquers death and brings salvation from its grasp. Jesus told his disciples that he would lay down his own life that he might “take it up again” (John 10:17). Jesus would soon die, but like Lazarus, he would be raised again to new life.
Family Discipleship - "Minutes" in the Home
Continuing on in the New Testament, we are on week 28 which starts on page 196 in the Old Story New devotional.
Pray about it! Thank God for His control over all things, even life and death.