Day four of camp is done! Our text for today comes from John 11:1-4,13-27, 38-44. These passages discuss the death of Jesus’ friend Lazarus. Martha and Mary, Lazarus’s sisters, were upset with Jesus because they knew that He had the power to heal their brother. Jesus waited several days after Lazarus died before coming to visit them. Why would He do this? To bring glory to God. Even though Lazarus was dead for several days, Jesus was able to bring him back to life. All the glory for this was given to God. Jesus calls Himself the resurrection and the life in these verses.
- Jesus has power over death.
- The importance of giving glory to God.
What was your favorite activity today?
What was today’s memory verse?
“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?’” John 11:26-27
What happened in today’s story?
Jesus brought a man back to life.
Who did Jesus say He was? Why is this important?
“I am the resurrection and the life.” It’s important because Jesus holds power over death.
Who is Martha? Why was she sad?
Martha was the sister of Lazarus. She was sad because she missed her brother.
How was God glorified through Jesus’ actions?
Jesus praised to God. He showed God’s power the people around him.
How can we glorify God when life is hard?
We can praise God even when it’s tough.
Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. (This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair.) 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 had been speaking of his death, but his disciples thought he meant natural sleep.
So then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead, and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.”
Then Thomas (also known as Didymus) said to the rest of the disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.” On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. Now Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem, and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother. 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. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”
Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. “Take away the stone,” he said.
“But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.” Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” 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 that 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.”