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Bring Us Back to Life Part 2 [6-16-19]

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Let's pick things up at John 11:7-16 puts it:

Then after this he said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again." The disciples said to him, “Rabbi, the Jews were just now seeking to stone you, and are you going there again?” Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.” After saying these things, he said to them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I go to awaken him.” The disciples said to him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover.” Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that he meant taking rest in sleep. Then Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus has died, and for your sake I am glad that I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” So Thomas, called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”

This is a fascinating discussion between Jesus and his disciples. They are questioning the timing. Jesus says, "Let's go." His disciples say, "Where we're going they're trying to kill you. Probably not a good idea." Then Jesus says something about walking in the daylight. What's it all mean?


Jesus is talking about timing. He's saying 12 hours of daylight is enough time in which to do God's will. There is always time. But there is not time to waste. You can't wait until dark, because you will stumble. It's like that old cliché from Western movies, "Riding off into the sunset." You really should not do that. It's dumb to ride a horse in the dark. So we have to take advantage of the proper timing of things. Jesus knows there is a time to head toward his glorification on the cross. The time is now.


So Jesus makes it very clear. Lazarus is dead. I'm glad I wasn't there. The timing is right. So Jesus goes. As verses 17-27 tell us:

Now when Jesus came, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles off, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother. So when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, but Mary remained seated in the house. Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But ev