Raised to Life

Life After Life After Death

When the resurrected Jesus told Mary not to cling to Him, he was gently correcting Mary’s hope that Jesus, like Lazarus, had been been returned to her and the disciples and life could now “get back to normal.” As humans our perspective of life and death is limited. We always assume that life as we know it is preferable to the life to come. What Mary couldn’t understand, was that Lazarus had been raised to life only to die again.…

Broken Clocks

We often forget that God frequently uses the bad guys in the Bible to speak truth and accomplish His purposed. In His divine sovereignty, God has complete control over everything, even those who would oppose Him. When the Jewish High Priest and the Roman governor sentenced Jesus to death, the demons shrieked with delight. Little did they know that this death sentence was really their own. John 11:45-57 Knowledge does not always lead to Truth The Crowd who saw the…

Grave Clothes

When Jesus commanded that stone on his friend Lazarus’s tomb be removed, there were real concerns. Concerns about what was about to happen, concerns about Jesus’ claims becoming more and more extreme, but most of all, people were concern about the smell! Decaying corpses stink! The Bible says that Christ has come to raise the dead to life, but too often Christians live with the stink of death on them, bound by grave cloths that they are unwilling to shed.…

Doubting God

What do you do when God is late? How do you understand a God who claims to love us, yet fails to respond to our pain? A person who has never questioned God is a person who has yet to face suffering. In this message, we explore how Jesus convinces us to trust Him enough to follow Him through a death that leads to life. John 11:17-37 Martha: Questioning God’s Timing (11:21-27) Jesus responds to Martha’s doubts about God’s timing…

The Mission to Live and the Call to Die

Many people in America today would describe life as anything but “abundant.” And yet, that is exactly what Jesus promises. So if all of our wealth, health and technology isn’t giving us what Jesus has been offering for two millennia, why aren’t more people responding to His offer? The answer may be one of the life’s great paradoxes: without death there can be no life. Jesus has come to raise us to life, but first we must be willing to…