[SW087] 04/07/2013 message notes by Rev. Susan J. Wynn ©2013
“Raising the Dead”
We have a Christ who does the impossible!
He raises the impossibly dead!
And, He is the same yesterday and today and forever (Hebrews 13:8).
I was dead, and He raised me to life.
It would be easy for Jesus to gather
those who already have His life in them.
But do we believe He can raise a dead church to life?
THAT will bring the Father and Him glory!
John 11:1-46 —
Verses 1-2 —
The One whom He loves, His church,
is sick, to the natural eye,
and even to those of His who He’s given discernment
so we intercede for her.
Verse 3 —
It looks hopeless,
but Christ says His church’s sickness will not end in death.
But her sickness,
and her resulting “natural death”
are for the glory of God,
so Jesus Christ may be glorified by it.
Verses 5-6 —
He waits to the point where raising her up
is no longer possible,
by man’s reckoning.
Verses 11-15 —
He will come
so that He may awaken His church from her deadness.
So we may believe!
Verse 17 —
Four days dead —
the Spirit has left the Body of Christ, His church.
There is no hope.
Verse 21 —
Those who have seen the church’s deadness
and have given up all hope say,
“Lord, she died. Why didn’t You come sooner?”
Verse 22 —
But they correct say the “right” words:
God will give You whatever You ask of Him.
Verse 23 —
“The church will rise again.”
Verse 24 —
But she’s dead, Jesus.
You must be referring to the last day,
when the great resurrection happens.
Verse 25-26 —
Jesus corrects her. “I am the Resurrection and the Life.
He who believes in Me will live even if he dies.
Those who live and believe in Me will never die.”
He asks those who have given up on the church,
“Do you believe this?”
Verse 27 —
They say, “You are the Christ. This we believe.”
Implicitly they say, “But we don’t believe that.”
Verse 32 —
Another from the church,
a great worshiper of Him
who has given up on the church says,
“If you had been here she would be alive.
Now she is dead.
Why didn’t you come sooner?”
Verse 33 — Jesus is:
embrimaomai, from 1722 and brimaomai (to snort with anger); to have indignation on, to sigh with chagrin (distress), to sternly enjoin: — rigorously charge, groan, murmur against.
He is indignant! Angry!
He groans and sighs,
Why? The display of lack of faith !
Verse 35 —
Jesus weeps (1145).
He sheds tears because of their lack of faith.
Verse 36 —
Of course, the onlookers misinterpret Him.
He loves the church and now she is dead.
Look! He is weeping with sadness!
Why didn’t He come sooner?
He could have saved her!
Verse 37 —
Again, Jesus is indignant! Angry!
He groans and sighs and snorts at the lack of faith she displays!
Verses 38-39 —
At the tomb, “Remove the stone!”
The church will stink.
She’s been dead too long.
Don’t open her grave!
Ezekiel 37:12 “Therefore prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “Behold, I will open your graves and cause you to come up out of your graves, My people; and I will bring you into the land of Israel. 13 “Then you will know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves and caused you to come up out of your graves, My people.”
Verse 40 —
Jesus asks, “Have you forgotten that I said,
‘If you believe,
you will see the glory of God?’”
Verse 41-42 —
Jesus speaks aloud to the Father,
so we may believe.
The Father always hears Him.
Verse 43 —
Church, come forth!
Verse 44-46 —
The church comes forth,
still wrapped in grave clothes.
“Take them off!”
Oh, for that day!
Many will believe in Him!!!!!
The church will yet live.
But there was more to do in Lazarus
after he was raised,
and in the church,
after she is raised.
She is physically raised up.
She is clothed with His righteousness.
But now she must wait in the city.
He will clothe her with power from on high:
Ezekiel 37:14 “I will put My Spirit within you and you will come to life, and I will place you on your own land. Then you will know that I, the LORD, have spoken and done it,” declares the LORD.’”
I believe Lazarus was in that upper room in Acts 2.
The Lord will complete His work in the church, too!
Ezekiel 37:23 “They will no longer defile themselves with their idols, or with their detestable things, or with any of their transgressions; but I will deliver them from all their dwelling places in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them. And they will be My people, and I will be their God.
He wants to put His Spirit WITHIN YOU today!
But you must turn, O church.
All those who do, He will raise up.
Then the church will once again stand on her feet, an exceedingly great army!Will we who see and discern believe that He is able? Do we remember that He raised us from our deadness?
Ezekiel 37:10 So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they came to life and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.