April 16, 2019

 

How Do You See The World?
Stephen Heleman

Lazarus, A Friend Of Jesus

In the penultimate sermon in this series, we look at one of the greatest miracles Jesus performed. It is a miracle that revolves around Lazarus. How we see this miracle will impact the way we see the world.

 Read John 11:1- 44 here.

The big idea of in verses 1-27 is that if you trust, you can find life in Jesus. Our present and future life depend on Jesus. Death is not the end, only a transition to eternal life with Him.

Verse 35 is often known as the shortest verse in the Bible, but we should not trivialize it. "Jesus wept" shows us that our Savior loves us so much that He hurts when we hurt, even when He knows He is going to make things better. Jesus knows and understands our heart. Verses 40 - 44 shows us that for those paying attention, this moment in Jesus's ministry changed their perspective on everything. It revealed that death is not the end, we are not alone in our pain, and Jesus is not just a teacher, but the giver of life. 

What is your perspective? Do you look at heaven through this world? Are you looking for solutions and pleasures here in this world? At best, they are small and temporary. Or, do you look at this world through heaven? This temporary world is nothing compared to our life in eternity.

You Can Trust

This story reminds us that Jesus is bigger than this world. You can trust...

  • The promise of Jesus - if you give your life to Him, He will give you life.
  • The timing of Jesus - no matter how dark or difficult things are, Jesus is working.
  • The heart of Jesus - He hurts when we hurt; we are not alone in the hard times.
  • The work of Jesus - He has a grand plan, do what He says.

Where do you need to trust Jesus? Are you looking to Jesus for your answers? Are you seeking His purpose for your life? Are you looking for Him in your pain and difficulty? Are you doing what He says, not what you feel? For just a moment, take your eyes off of this world and trust Him.

Guided Scripture Reading

Join us this week as we read John, chapters 16-18.
As you read, think on the words of Paul to Timothy.

2 Timothy 3:16-17
16 All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 

Use the following questions to help you consider how you can apply today's reading to your life.

  • What is God teaching me in today's reading? What is good?
  • What is God reproofing (warning) in today's reading? What is not good?
  • Based upon these, what beliefs or behaviors must I correct?
  • What training will I do this week in obedience to this correction? What does God want me to do differently?

 

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