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18. 03. 2018

I Am the Resurrection and the Life
John 11:17-43

1. Seeing Jesus’ Love in Our Desperate Call
John 11:3-6 - So the sisters sent word to Jesus, "Lord, the one you love is sick." When he heard this, Jesus said, "This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God's glory so that God's Son may be glorified through it." Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. Yet when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days.






2. Seeing Jesus’ Glory in Our Sorrowful Occasion
John 11:20-27 - When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home. “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” “Yes, Lord,” she told him, “I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.”




3. Seeing Jesus’ Power in Our Despondency
John 11:39, 41-44 - “Take away the stone,” he said. “But Lord,” said Martha… “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.” So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe you sent me.” When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”





1. What have you learnt from the experience of Mary and Martha about God’s delay? Have you ever felt let down by God? What was the final outcome?

2. What does it mean to you when Jesus said, “He is the resurrection and the life”?

3. How can we prepare ourselves to experience the resurrection power of Christ during this Holy Week? Pray for one another.





Devotional Message

Taken from The Daily Office by Peter Scazzero ©2008


Week 6 / Day 3 - Midday/Evening Office

Scripture Reading: Matthew 13:31–33
He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.”


In these two parables describing the kingdom of God, we hear Jesus calling us to slow down and take a longer view of our lives.

We can work without stopping, faster and faster, electric lights making artificial day so the whole machine can labor without ceasing. But remember: No living thing lives like this. There are greater rhythms that govern how life grows: …seasons…and sunsets…and great movements of seas and stars. We are part of the creation story, subject to all its laws and rhythms. …To surrender to the rhythms of seasons and flowerings and dormancies is to savor the secret of life itself. Many scientists believe we are “hard-wired” like this, to live in rhythmic awareness, to be in and then step out, to be engrossed and then detached, to work and then to rest. It follows then that the commandment to remember the Sabbath is not a burdensome requirement from some law-giving deity—“You ought, you’d better, you must”—but rather a remembrance of a law that is firmly embedded in the fabric of nature. It is a reminder of how things really are, the rhythmic dance to which we unavoidably belong. —Wayne Mueller


Question to Consider
How do the rhythms you see in nature (e.g., spring, summer, fall, winter, day, night) speak to you and point to the kind of rhythms you desire for your own life?


Lord, I thank you that you are working even when I am sleeping. Teach me to respect the built-in rhythms of life, and to live from a place of deep rest in you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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