Thoughts and Questions – 08 November 2020

Thoughts and questions, w. b. 8/11/20
John 11:17-27


This reading is found part-way through the story of the raising of Lazarus from the dead.

Jesus had been told that His really close friend is sick and dying yet delays His visit until He is sure that Lazarus has died.

He will, of course, raise him back to life, but before then, on His arrival at the family home, Jesus has this conversation with one of Lazarus’ sisters, Martha.

  • Why do you think Jesus delayed His arrival when He could have stopped Lazarus from dying, and also stopped the mourning of his family and friends? – v17, 21
  • Martha suggests that Jesus can receive whatever He asks of the Father. What do you think Martha was meaning by this? – v22
  • Considering this, if you were to ask Jesus for something, just one thing, knowing that He (and you) would receive it, what would it be?
  • While it appears that all of this conversation is about the resurrection, post-death, why do you think Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead physically?
  • How do you understand living, even though we die? – v25
  • Consider these words/phrases:
    • The Christ
    • The Son of God
    • [the One] who was to come into the world (v27)
      What does each one of these mean to you, and how do these phrases link back to what has gone before?
  • What hope for today and hope for the future does this story give to you?