Wait on the LORD: be of good courage,
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The Resurrection 4/6/2014
Dear friend,

Today we are going to hear about the last sign that Jesus presented to those around him, the sign which points to Himself as being the resurrection. He was not pointing to the final resurrection that will occur when He comes for the last time, but He was declaring to Martha (and the others) of Himself being the resurrection now.

It is important for us to catch the significance of these words: "I am the resurrection, and the life, he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live." One will not only live in the final resurrection, but in the present one lives. For being a partaker of the Promise through faith, because He lives, we live in the here and now. What is important for us to know is that there are two resurrections: The resurrection of Jesus from the dead and our resurrection from the dead.

Greetings of grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

We read the portion of Scripture that is our text for today, from John´s Gospel chapter 11:1-45.

Death of Lazarus
KJV John 11:1 Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.
2 (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.)
3 Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick.
4 When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.
5 Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.
6 When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was.
7 Then after that saith he to his disciples, Let us go into Judaea again.
8 His disciples say unto him, Master, the Jews of late sought to stone thee; and goest thou thither again?
9 Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world.
10 But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him.
11 These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.
12 Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well.
13 Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep.
14 Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.
15 And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him.
16 Then said Thomas, which is called Didymus, unto his fellowdisciples, Let us also go, that we may die with him.

Jesus the Resurrection and the Life
17 Then when Jesus came, he found that he had lain in the grave four days already.
18 Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off: {about...: that is, about two miles}
19 And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother.
20 Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house.
21 Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.
22 But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.
23 Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.
24 Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.
25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
27 She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.

Jesus Weeps
28 And when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come, and calleth for thee.
29 As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly, and came unto him.
30 Now Jesus was not yet come into the town, but was in that place where Martha met him.
31 The Jews then which were with her in the house, and comforted her, when they saw Mary, that she rose up hastily and went out, followed her, saying, She goeth unto the grave to weep there.
32 Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.
33 When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled,
34 And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see.
35 Jesus wept.
36 Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him!
37 And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died?

Jesus raises Lazarus to life
38 Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it.
39 Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.
40 Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?
41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.
42 And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.
43 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.
44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.
45 Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him. Amen. And may God add His blessing to His Word today.

The story of Lazarus can be seen as the story of Jesus, of His triumphing over death with Lazarus is the main character. Jesus is going to use Lazarus to demonstrate His power. Giving sight to the blind is one thing, but bringing a person back to life is another thing. Jesus is not doing this to demonstrate something for himself, but that those in the audience would be brought to life. It is an illustration of that which Jesus is going to do in His resurrection from the dead.

A few days ago I received the monthly mailing of the Interlutheran Theological Seminary and in it was an article written by Pastor Chuck Bylkas on this portion of Scripture. I will place it here as it gives an overview of our lesson today.

In this beautiful Gospel, we see the patience and tender compassion of Jesus as He addresses a grieving Martha. Jesus had heard that Lazarus was sick, and yet he delayed coming to Lazarus for two more days, because He knew that He would raise Lazarus from the dead. When Jesus finally arrives at Bethany, Martha anxiously comes out to meet Him. At first, Martha complains to Jesus “Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.” Many of us can identify with Martha’s frustration. When we experience a tragedy, such as the loss of a loved one, our first response is often to ask God “Why?” “Why did you allow this to happen? Why did this have to happen to me?”

But hidden within Martha’s complaint is a glimpse of her faith. In her very words, Martha implies “You have the power that could have prevented this from happening.” Her faith is further expressed in the next phrase “But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.” In other words, “It is not too late. You can still help us.” Jesus patiently listens to Martha and then assures her “… Thy brother shall rise again.” Martha already knows this. She knows of the great event that is promised on the last Day. “But what about the here and now? What can help me deal with the pain of this loss?”

“Jesus said unto her, I am the Resurrection, and the Life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live…” Jesus gives Martha the answer to all of her problems, even though she is asking the wrong questions. The question Martha should be asking is not what, when or why, but “Who?” “Who can help me in my time of need?” The Resurrection is not merely an event that will happen in the distant future. The Resurrection is embodied in the person who now stands before Martha. It is Jesus Christ Himself. He is the One who shed His Blood on Calvary’s cross for the forgiveness of our sins. He is the One who swallowed up death in victory. He is the One who continues to help us in every time of need. All those who by faith embrace the Crucified and Risen Lord Jesus have life; right here and right now. May God grant us grace to continue believing in the One who is the Resurrection and the Life.

Yours in Christ,
Pastor Chuck Bylkas


John 11:38 Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it.
39 Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.
40 Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?
41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.
42 And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.
43 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.
44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.


The Two Resurrections: Christ's and by faith: Ours
45 Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.
21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Hear the voice of the Lord today, in that He speaks grace and forgiveness to you through His offering of Himself as your substitute for your sin. Believe that through the power of His name and through the shedding of His blood, that you are forgiven and that death has no power over you. Even though you may die this physical death, you will only asleep in Him until His voice again raises all humanity on the day of the final resurrection.
Cause me to come to Thy river, o Lord
Cause me to drink at Thy river, o Lord
Cause me to live in Thy river, Lord
Cause me to come.
Cause me to drink.
Cause me to live.
May that be our continual prayer, and may it also be the prayer for those who have not heard His voice of grace and forgiveness.........

Awaiting that day with expectation, joy and confidence in Him.

Pastor Orval Wirkkala
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