Devo | Behold, The Risen Christ | John 11

Pastor Jordan Clark

Read John 11 “The Raising of Lazarus”

Do you Believe In Jesus? What does your walk with Christ look like? Do you go to Him in prayer? Do you talk to Him? Listen to Him? Do you spend every single day reading His perfect word?

Do you know Jesus Christ?

This is the major theme for John 11 and the story of Jesus bring Lazarus back to life. There are so major moments to consider in this chapter of John—especially in looking forward to Easter we need to be challenged with this.

Here are the major points of this chapter in John:

A) Jesus’ Delay in Healing of Lazarus (He waited for four days before raising Lazarus)

B) Martha questions Jesus and gets upset that Jesus did not come sooner

C) Jesus grieves—He internally weeps and is visibly upset while the others were grieving

D) Lazarus wakes up, the stone to his tomb is moved and He is risen back to life.

It is important to note a couple of things here,

1. Jesus is weeping because He grieves with those who grieve (Matthew 5:3-9) and because nobody understands the concept of eternal life in which Jesus is operating in. They actually thing Lazarus is gone to sleep forever and they do not understand the power that God brings (the hope of eternal life through Christ)

2. Jesus is not just human. Jesus is God—Jesus knows the exact timing of what He needs to do and when He needs to do it. This is why Jesus waits to raise Lazarus from the grave (He also wants Lazarus to be fully dead so that it is no mistake that Christ in God’s own power raised him from the dead)

3. Christ prays to God (the Father) with a prayer of thanksgiving, not of grief, request, or despair.

4. Lazarus is healed only by the power of God found in Jesus Christ. Not everyone is happy, some come to believe in Christ after witnessing this and others want Him dead.

It is important to realize that the sin of Adam and Even that has become the original sin for all of humanity condemns us to return to the Earth as dust. The grief that comes from this sin is that of death, being gone, lacking immortality and having to deal with grief. “By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out if it you were taken, for you are dust and to dust you shall return.” Genesis 3:19

This was not God’s final plan! We can see the full realization of His Jesus Christ. Lazarus is no longer bound to become dust because he was risen back to life by Jesus Christ. Jesus is trying to separate the kingdoms of earth from the kingdom of Heaven throughout the entirety of John—this comes up in John 3 when He talks to Nicodemus about being born again .

“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is nborn oagain2 he cannot psee the kingdom of God.” 4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” 5 Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born qof water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 rThat which is born of the flesh is sflesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.3 7 tDo not marvel that I said to you, ‘You4 must be born uagain.’ 8 vThe wind5 blows wwhere it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” John 3:3-8

Only Jesus Christ can save us! Only God can save us! No church, no pastor, no doctrine, only faith in Christ along can bring us back to life in eternity. The Jews in this context would not believe Jesus because they could not understand this understanding of being born again into heaven. Their doctrinal beliefs in their church tradition robbed them of salvation.

So I want to ask you again—Do you believe in Jesus? Do you believe in this hope He gives—this power that only comes from Him? The world, the devil, the enemy does not want you to operate in Christ’s hope. Rather they want you to operate in your own understand—trust God and God alone.


1. Why did Jesus weep and what does it mean for us?

2. Mary and Martha grieved for Lazarus because they did not understand eternity in which Jesus was preaching—in what ways do we misunderstand the historical Jesus?

3. Do we believe in the historical, biblical Christ? Why? Why Not?

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