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July 25, 2009 Leave a comment

Verses 17-37
Mary and Martha and the crowd nearly get it right: "He gives right to the blind. Why couldn't he have kept Lazarus from dying?"

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July 24, 2009 Leave a comment

Verses 5-16
Lazarus died. Jesus' timing is rarely our timing.
Doubting Thomas nearly gets things right. He tells the other disciples, "Let us go, that we may die with [Jesus]."
This is precisely what Jesus had in mind!

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July 23, 2009 Leave a comment

Verses 1-4
If Jesus loves you, then there's no need to fear even death.

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July 21, 2009 Leave a comment

Outline of John 11
1) Lazarus dies
2) Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead
3) Caiaphas accidentally prophesies (v. 50)
4) Jesus withdraws to Ephraim

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July 20, 2009 Leave a comment

Opening Act
Verses 39-42
Jesus has better success when he withdraws from the city of Jerusalem to John's territory across the Jordan River.
John the Baptist prepared the people's hearts effectively for Jesus' ministry.
He was the perfect spiritual opening act.

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July 19, 2009 Leave a comment

In verses 37-38, Jesus explains that his accusers should compare his actions to God the Father's work. Miracles and actions in isolation are not enough to establish Jesus' divinity, but his fidelity to his Father and the Scriptures establish his witness.

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July 19, 2009 Leave a comment

Psalm 82:6-7
You are gods…/
but you will die like mere men.
Jesus seems to be referring to our creation in God's image.
Despite our special place in creation, we won't live forever without God's help.

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