I’ve noticed that we Christians spend a whole lot of time talking about Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice, dying on a cross to pay the penalty for our sins and satisfy God’s wrath. And while that is indeed a worthy topic, the only time it seems we focus on Christ’s resurrection is at Easter time. But the Resurrection was highly important to the apostles, a topic they focused on even more at times than the Cross—Paul even devoted all of 1 Corinthians chapter 15 to explain just why it was so important. With us today is teacher and author of the book “Broken Yet Blessed,” Kathi McCarty, who will help us understand this topic.
Table Talk Notes
John 11:17-27 | 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 even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” She said to him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.”
The gospel of John differs dramatically from the Synoptics. John’s gospel is understood in two parts: Book of Signs (1st half) and Book of Glory (2nd half). Only John reports the raising of Lazarus, which is the primary representation of all the miracles, and causes the religious authorities to “bring down the axe.”
Introducing the story
Everyone tells Martha that Lazarus will rise again. They mean well; they’re speaking a truth. Jesus comes along; says the same thing.
Martha affirms “I know he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” (v24) She understood that truth would be a long way off (and it probably didn’t give much comfort in the moment.)
1 Kings 17:17-24 | Elijah raises Sidonian widow’s son: After this the son of the woman, the mistress of the house, became ill. And his illness was so severe that there was no breath left in him. And she said to Elijah, “What have you against me, O man of God? You have come to me to bring my sin to remembrance and to cause the death of my son!” And he said to her, “Give me your son.” And he took him from her arms and carried him up into the upper chamber where he lodged, and laid him on his own bed. And he cried to the Lord, “O Lord my God, have you brought calamity even upon the widow with whom I sojourn, by killing her son?” Then he stretched himself upon the child three times and cried to the Lord, “O Lord my God, let this child’s life come into him again.” And the Lord listened to the voice of Elijah. And the life of the child came into him again, and he revived. And Elijah took the child and brought him down from the upper chamber into the house and delivered him to his mother. And Elijah said, “See, your son lives.” And the woman said to Elijah, “Now I know that you are a man of God, and that the word of the Lord in your mouth is truth.”
2 Kings 4:18-37 | Elisha raises Shunammite woman’s son: When Elisha came into the house, he saw the child lying dead on his bed. So he went in and shut the door behind the two of them and prayed to the Lord. Then he went up and lay on the child, putting his mouth on his mouth, his eyes on his eyes, and his hands on his hands. And as he stretched himself upon him, the flesh of the child became warm. Then he got up again and walked once back and forth in the house, and went up and stretched himself upon him. The child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes. Then he summoned Gehazi and said, “Call this Shunammite.” So he called her. And when she came to him, he said, “Pick up your son.” She came and fell at his feet, bowing to the ground. Then she picked up her son and went out.
Mark 5:21-24, 35-43 | raising of Jairus’ daughter: While he was still speaking, there came from the ruler’s house some who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” And he allowed no one to follow him except Peter and James and John the brother of James. They came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and Jesus saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. And when he had entered, he said to them, “Why are you making a commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but sleeping.” And they laughed at him. But he put them all outside and took the child’s father and mother and those who were with him and went in where the child was. Taking her by the hand he said to her, “Talitha cumi,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” And immediately the girl got up and began walking (for she was twelve years of age), and they were immediately overcome with amazement. And he strictly charged them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.
Luke 7:11-17 | son of widow of Nain is raised: Soon afterward he went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a great crowd went with him. As he drew near to the gate of the town, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow, and a considerable crowd from the town was with her. And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.” Then he came up and touched the bier, and the bearers stood still. And he said, “Young man, I say to you, arise.” And the dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother.
Jesus’ rising is unique
Of all recorded resurrections, Jesus is the only one who rose and never died again! It points the way to the future of every believer.
1 Cor 15:20 | “(Jesus) has become the first of a great harvest of those who will be raised to life again.”
A Christian (former Muslim) in Africa tells his story.
Do you have a story to tell?
Resurrection can and should be something other than, or more than, the raising to life of a dead body.
- Jesus longs to “raise up” His Church!
- Jesus wants to “raise up” dying marriages!
- Jesus longs to “raise up” rebellious children and draw the prodigal home!
- Jesus delights in “raising up” finances to bring glory to His name!
I AM the Life
John 11:26 | “He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies, and whoever lives & believes in Me will never die.”
We will experience fully later (in eternity) what we can enjoy now richly. Only Jesus can offer a new life here on earth because only Jesus is the source of all life, physical, emotional, and eternal.
The Lockyear principle
“Every touch leaves an impression.” When we are touched by the risen Savior, it leaves an impression on our lives…it should be such an obvious impression that others can see it. We live our lives out differently because we are embraced by Him who is divine and supernatural rather than ordinary & natural.
Are you truly alive?
John 10:10 | “The thief comes only to kill, steal, and destroy, but I have come that you might have life, and have it more abundantly.”
Jesus is equated with the Father as One who gives resurrection life
John 5:19-21 | So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel. For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will.
What is resurrection life?
John 17:3 | “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God & Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”
Has your life been touched by the Risen Savior in such a way that the “evidence” can be seen by those who are observing your life?
Is your life a reflection of the “fullness” of the Godhead dwelling in you? (the abundant life of Christ can be seen?)
Colossians 2:9-10 | “For in Him the whole fullness of Deity (Godhead) continues to dwell in bodily form giving complete expression of the divine nature. And you are in Him, made full and have come to fullness of life in Christ; you too are filled with the Godhead; Father, Son & Holy Spirit.” (Amp. Bible)