My sermon title this week is "Stress Test". It is just like the Lord to move us from the comfortable to the dangerous only to reveal that with Him there really is no "dangerous." As you read from John 10:40 to John 11:7 you'll see this situation unfolding. Of course Jesus could have healed Lazarus from 20 miles away. Of course Jesus could have gone by Himself. But, since the purpose of all this was to glorify God, the best place to see the glory of God was in the place they didn't want to go...Bethany. Most of you that read this have been through some stress tests...maybe you are in one right now. How can we pray for you? What have you learned?
In our study of John 11 we return to the home of Lazarus, Mary and Martha. We did not study them in John but you may remember their story from Luke 10. Martha, the bugged busy body and Mary, the peaceful student. Lazarus was their little brother and in John 11 he is sick unto death. The sisters send a messenger to Jesus with this beautiful statement..."The one You love is sick." Whatever else they didn't know about Jesus they knew this...He loved them. But, the word they used was the one for "brotherly love". Here's the great thing; read John 11:5, the word used there is agape ("God-love"). Get it? Jesus loved them more than they knew!!!!!!! When you think about what God thinks of you, I pray you consider yourself one that is loved by Jehovah! Anybody know any verses to support that ???