Presentation on theme: "THE GOSPEL OF JOHN III. The Opposition to the Son of God (5:1–12:50) A. At The Feast In Jerusalem (Jn 5:1-47) B.During The Passover (Jn 6:1-71) C. During."— Presentation transcript:
THE GOSPEL OF JOHN III. The Opposition to the Son of God (5:1–12:50) A. At The Feast In Jerusalem (Jn 5:1-47) B.During The Passover (Jn 6:1-71) C. During The Feast Of Tabernacles (Jn 7:1 – 10:21) D. During The Feast Of Dedication (Jn 10:22-42) E. Because Of The Death And Resurrection Of Lazarus (Jn 11:1-57)
1. The Report of Lazarus’ Illness (11:1- 16) a. Lazarus Is Sick (vv. 1-3)a. Lazarus Is Sick (vv. 1-3) b. Jesus Delays (vv. 4-7)b. Jesus Delays (vv. 4-7) c. His Disciples Object (v. 8)c. His Disciples Object (v. 8) Read Jn 11:8. ~ The disciples recognize that the hostility against Jesus is now so great it could easily result in His death.
~ They did not yet understand that Jesus had to suffer (cf. Matt 16:21, 22). ~ They do not recognize that His death, however appalling an event, would also be His glorification and the consummation of His ministry. But Jesus was not afraid, for He knew that He had to die and that His death would only occur in the Father’s timing.
d. Jesus Explains (vv. 9-16)d. Jesus Explains (vv. 9-16) Read Jn 11:9-10. In response to the disciples’ hesitation about returning to Judea, Jesus asked this startling rhetorical question. ~ The answer which Jesus gives, like so many of His sayings, has a deep meaning. A figure is used in order that it may illustrate a beautiful and comforting spiritual truth.
~ If we walk in the light of this plan (which was known to Jesus), willingly submitting to it, we shall have nothing to worry about (we cannot suffer real injury); if we do not, we shall fail. The disciples’ fears related to the limited sphere of human effort. ~ Jesus pointed to an unlimited sphere – the sovereignty of God, who transcends the limits of time and over whom people have no control.
~ We should remember that God’s sovereignty extends to each moment of our life; otherwise, our trust in Him will be limited to only those times when He meets our expectations. ~ We will repeat the disciples’ mistake – attempting to limit God to the sphere of human effort.
How Do Trials Glorify God? ~ They develop our Christian character as we exercise patience (Rom 5:1-5), and they provide an example of strength, courage, and dependence on God to unbelievers. ~ They wean us from life’s attractions, diversions, and illusions as we focus on God for help.
~ They reveal the flimsy grip we have on health and prosperity in this life, as we realize that we must trust in God for our security. ~ They intensify our desire to be with God in eternity, where we will receive new bodies and be reunited with loved ones who have gone before us. ~ William Gurney: “Let thy hope of heaven master thy fear of death. Why shouldst thou be afraid to die, who hopest to live by dying!”
~ They provide opportunities to portray how God’s timing expresses His love to us ~ They provide opportunities to portray how God’s timing expresses His love to us. ~ Many Christians who have faced calamity testified later how God’s timing showed them a new side to His love. Because the disciples have been asked to accompany Jesus to Judea (v. 7), there is an obvious application to them as well.
~ Jesus Himself is “the Light of the World” (8:12) who is still with them. ~ As long as they have Him, for the full twelve hours of their “daylight” they should perform the works assigned them. ~ The mention of “hours” clearly implied that time would run out.
The simple lesson of using daylight to get work done illustrates our deeper need to do spiritual work in the “light” of Jesus’ presence and God’s guidance. ~ As long as we do our work in the light of Christ’s presence we would not stumble. ~ Sadly, those who live in the dark, without the presence of Jesus’ light in them, will stumble.
Jesus received His guidance from the highest source – the Father. ~ The disciples were tempted to receive their guidance from the most immediate source – their circumstances. ~ When making decisions, we should analyze our circumstances but not regard them as infallible guides.
~ If we rely on our circumstances for guidance too much, we will walk in circles. ~ We need not rush around, frantically or fearfully trying to stay ahead of uncontrollable circumstances. ~ Rather, we can and must ask for His help in making wise use of our available time and opportunities. ~ Rather, we can and must ask for His help in making wise use of our available time and opportunities. ~ Our first question should be: What would Jesus have me do?