Join the Living

SERMON NOTES  
Encountering Jesus
Rev. Dr. Jim Toole
John 11:17-27

“Join the Living”

 John 11:17-27 (NSRV)

 When Jesus arrived, He found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days.  18 Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles away,  19 and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother.  20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met Him, while Mary stayed at home.  21 Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.  22 But even now I know that God will give You whatever you ask of
Him.”  23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”  24 Martha said to Him,
I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.”  25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in Me, even though they die, will live,  26 and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?”  27 She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Messiah, the Son of God, the One coming into the world.”

God is calling us all to come to join the living. Jesus is calling us to trust Him so we can have life abundantly.

 We frequently do not know what we should exactly ask of God, lest we presume, overreach, or under reach. But we can learn from this story that we may be sure that it is always enough, and appropriate, simply to share our deepest need with Him.

 As you encounter Jesus this season, in what part of your life do you need to trust Him more? Fears? Family? Future? or is it that you just need Him to take some of your dead places and give life?