Friday, March 31, 2017

John 11 My sermon

If you are coming to Bodle Street or Warbleton on Sunday, you may wish to look away now.

My uplifting and light-hearted all age talk might go something like this:

We must all face death.

In the face of death Jesus loves and cares (vv3, 5, 35-36)

Jesus is angry at death (vv33, 38)

Jesus demonstrates his power over death:

(a) by raising Lazarus (vv38-44)

(b) by his own resurrection (ch 20-21)

But Jesus deliberately delayed going to Lazarus (vv5-6, v21) so that God's glory might be revealed and so that we might believe (v4, vv14-15, v40, v42)

We are all spiritually dead without Jesus and in need of his resurrection power. To see who Jesus is and to trust in him are more important than extending our physical lives or avoiding discomfort.

Jesus is the resurrection and the life. Will we put our trust tim him? (vv25-26)

Snappy and child-friendly, eh?

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