At the Tomb – John Reading Plan

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Read: John 20 & 21

I love to engage my sense of imagination with this chapter. Join me in imagining what Mary Magdalene must have experienced at the tomb.

Mary didn’t actually wake up early that Sunday—she really never slept that night. With some of the other women, she rose and hefted the burial supplies. They set out to the tomb where they’d seen Joseph and Nicodemus lay the lifeless body of Jesus just before the Sabbath began Friday evening. Deep in the predawn darkness, they made their way in a silence born of shock and grief. The garden where the tomb was located smelled of damp earth and aromatic foliage. How would they roll the heavy stone away? Perhaps someone would be there to help.

As they came upon the tomb, they saw that it was open! How could that be? Hopelessness overwhelmed Mary as she ran back to tell the disciples. She watched as Peter and John came to investigate. Not making any sense of what they saw, they returned to their hiding place with the others.

Finally, curious as to what the men had seen, Mary leaned into the entrance of the tomb. She saw two angels sitting on the slab where Jesus had been laid. (Had Peter and John seen the same?)

John 20:13
“Dear woman, why are you crying?” the angels asked her. “Because they have taken away my Lord,” she replied, “and I don’t know where they have put him.”

So heartsick, Mary doesn’t even find it remarkable that there are two angels in Jesus’ tomb speaking to her! So overwhelmed with grief, her senses were dulled into a stupor.

John 20:14-15
14 She turned to leave and saw someone standing there. It was Jesus, but she didn’t recognize him. 15 “Dear woman, why are you crying?” Jesus asked her. “Who are you looking for?”

Same question, similar answer. I can imagine all that must have been going through Mary’s mind in the moment.

John 20:15-16
15“Sir,” she said, “if you have taken him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will go and get him.”  16 “Mary!” Jesus said. She turned to him and cried out, “Rabboni!” (which is Hebrew for “Teacher”).

How her heart must have leaped when she realized the one speaking to her was the one she had been looking for all her life! Could she dare believe it was actually him? Yes! It was the Lord. She clearly saw him and heard his voice calling her name, as only he did! Her lethargy gone, she ran to give his message to the disciples. Mary knew! Jesus had honored her by letting her be the first to see him that morning.

Jesus invites us into that encounter every day. He calls our names and waits for us to recognize his voice. He is patient with us. When we hesitate, he comes a different way. He calls us by another method, as he did with his slow-on-the-uptake disciples (vv. 19-28). He waits, loves, serves, comforts, and performs miracles in our lives.

John 20:31
But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life by the power of his name.

QUESTIONS:
Have you heard Jesus call you into a relationship with him?

How did you answer? What have you done about it?

NEXT STEPS:
We all have a next step to take on our adventure with Jesus. Take a moment and write out your next step or steps.

Here are a few to consider: join a Group, attend GrowthTrack, get baptized, and/or subscribe to the LivingItOut.

PRAYER:
Lord, I celebrate your victory over death! I am grateful for what that victory means in my life. The power God used to raise you from the dead now lives in me, giving me the strength and the desire to follow your ways. It is an honor to do so. Thank you, Jesus! Amen.


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Jesus Paid It All – John Reading Plan

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Read: John 19

John Chapter 19 is a continuation of John 18, where the high priest, Caiaphas, and his cadre of priests take Jesus to the headquarters of the

Roman governor, Pontius Pilate, to convince him to have Jesus crucified. Jewish law forbade them from doing it themselves. Chapter 19 is truly the record of what God had promised before time began and delivered on our behalf through Jesus’ suffering and death.

A few years after Christ’s death, the Apostle Paul wrote this in Ephesians:

Ephesians 1:4-7, 9-11
4 Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. 5 God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. 6 So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. 7 He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins…9 God has now revealed to us his mysterious will regarding Christ—which is to fulfill his own good plan. 10 And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth. 11 Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan.

John 19 is simultaneously the most dramatic, painful, and horrifying chapter in the gospels, and yet, it is the most miraculous and life affirming one as well. For without Jesus obeying God’s plan by suffering and dying that hideous death, there would be no salvation for us.

Jesus’ obedience to the Father is why God has graced us with his love and freedom from damnation for our sins. Someone had to pay for the sins that we are incapable of paying for, so Jesus paid it for us. And because Jesus is the begotten Son of God, the second member of the Holy Trinity, and the only divinely perfect human ever to walk the Earth, he was the uniquely worthy sacrifice capable of paying that price on our behalf.

QUESTIONS:
What feeling or emotions do you experience when thinking about Jesus dying for your sins?

How has your life changed since deciding to follow Jesus?

NEXT STEPS:
Watch the movie The Passion of the Christ for a deeper sense of the horror and pain Christ endured for us.

Read Max Lucado’s book He Chose The Nails (What God Did to Win Your Heart).

Read through each of the other three gospels, beginning with Matthew, one chapter per day. Then spend time in mediation and prayer.

Listen for God’s will for your life.

PRAYER:
Dear God, you are worthy of my praise. You are all-powerful, all-knowing, and ever present. You are majestic and holy. Jesus, you are perfect and without sin. Your love is so great that you became the perfect sacrifice to pay for my sins. Thank you, Jesus, for making it possible for me to know God. I love you and trust you. I choose to follow you today and every day. In Jesus’ name, amen.


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“I Am” Truth – John Reading Plan

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Read: John 18

One of the most magnificent displays of divine power in the Bible comes when Judas, Roman soldiers, and Temple guards show up to arrest Jesus.

John 18:3-6
The leading priests and Pharisees had given Judas a contingent of Roman soldiers and Temple guards to accompany him. Now with blazing torches, lanterns, and weapons, they arrived at the olive grove. 4 Jesus fully realized all that was going to happen to him, so he stepped forward to meet them. “Who are you looking for?” he asked. 5 “Jesus the Nazarene,” they replied. “I am he,” Jesus said. (Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them.) 6 As Jesus said, “I am he,” they all drew back and fell to the ground!

Pay attention to verse 6, because that’s where we see the power. Imagine Judas and the others feeling discouraged when they arrive as a mob and Jesus boldly stands before them undeterred. Then, he forces them back by saying, “I am.”

Ellicott’s Commentary for English Readers offers some insight into this significant moment: “There is nothing in the narrative to suggest that our Lord put forth miraculous power to cause this terror. The impression is rather that it was produced by the majesty of His person, and by the answer which to Jewish ears conveyed the unutterable name, “Jehovah” (I AM).

I AM—the name of the eternal; the name of God. Judas and the others couldn’t stand before Jesus when he declared they were in the presence of God.

The power of Jesus is undeniable. The mention of God’s name can stop the enemy in its tracks. As followers of Jesus, we can be confident that he is worthy of our allegiance and our praise. He is powerful enough to make good on every promise, to save us from evil, and care for us in all circumstances.

QUESTIONS:
Have you ever spent time contemplating God’s power?

How would you describe it?

NEXT STEPS:
Write a prayer, poem, or song about God’s power.

Consider sharing it with someone close to you.

PRAYER:
Dear God, thank you for allowing me to become who I am through knowing who you are. Give me the courage to stand up to the lies of the world. Grant me the focus to continue learning the Word. Allow me to use the gift of the Bible to share life-changing wisdom, which only comes from knowing and believing in the truth and promises of your love. Amen.


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The Prayer For Glory – John Reading Plan

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Read: John 17

There are many accounts of Jesus praying throughout the gospels, but only rarely were his words recorded. Some exceptions to this occurred at the tomb of Lazarus before Jesus brought him back to life (John 11) and at the garden of Gethsemane (Mount of Olives) when he prayed for his upcoming suffering to be taken away, unless it was God’s will (Luke 22:39-44).

Then there is John 17. The entire chapter is a prayer that teaches us Jesus is our Savior and became our intermediary with God the Father when he was returned to his previous divine glory, following his death and resurrection. This is why we end our prayers with “in Jesus’ name we pray.”

Jesus requests three things from the Father:

  • Jesus requests to return to the place of glory he occupied before God sent him to Earth as fully God and fully man to pay the price for our sin. Jesus and the Father are one, and Jesus wanted most of all to return to the relationship as it had been since before time began.
  • Jesus prays for his disciples and asks the Father to keep them safe from the “evil one.” He prays for their protection by the power of God’s name as they share the good news of Jesus Christ. He prays that they too will be one with himself and the Father in glory.
  • Jesus prays for all future Christ followers

John 17:20-24
20 “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. 21 I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me. 22 I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. 23 I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me. 24 Father, I want these whom you have given me to be with me where I am. Then they can see all the glory you gave me because you loved me even before the world began!”

In other words, God will bring all who believe in Christ to glory because of his sacrifice made on our behalf.

John 3:16
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”

Praise and thank Jesus for choosing to be our Savior, and thus giving us the right to be children of God. We will not only live a life of purpose on Earth but also forever in heaven with him.

QUESTIONS:
How has your life changed since you asked Christ to be your Savior?

NEXT STEPS:
Read Jesus’ prayers referenced above:

1. At Lazarus’ tomb: “So they rolled the stone aside. Then Jesus looked up to heaven and said, ‘Father, thank you for hearing me. You always hear me, but I said it out loud for the sake of all these people standing here, so that they will believe you sent me’” (John 11:41-42).

2. In the Garden at Gethsemane before Jesus was arrested: “Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine” (Luke 22:42).

Study God’s Word and spend time in prayer daily, thanking him for his love and grace and asking him to forgive you your daily sins and to grow you in your relationship with him.

PRAYER:
Lord, I praise you for who you are, the one true God and Lord of my life now and forever. Please forgive me my sins (name them) and give me the power of the Holy Spirit to keep me from sinning. Please bless my family, friends, pastors, and civil leaders—draw them all to repentance and a heart for serving you in Christ. It is in Jesus’ powerful name I pray, amen.


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You’re Never Alone – John Reading Plan

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Welcome to the John Reading Plan! In preparation for Easter, we, as a church, will be reading through the book of John. So, whether you are subscribed to the LivingItOut or you are part of the text-in campaign, each morning you will receive a link to that day’s reading in John and a corresponding devotion. Our hope is that you get to know Jesus better as we read through the book and devotions together.

Read: John 16

In John 16, Jesus tells his disciples about the Holy Spirit and explains to them why their faith is so important. Our faith in Jesus is crucial. We believe in him without ever seeing him, and it is through this faith that we are able to have a relationship with Jesus. In the first verse, Jesus says, “I have told you these things so that you won’t abandon your faith.”

What is the Holy Spirit, and why is he important to us? Jesus goes on to explain in verses 7 and 8 that the Holy Spirit is the Advocate, the comforter, “and when he comes, he will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgement.”

It is the position of the Holy Spirit to convict us when we do anything that doesn’t please God, but also to comfort us and remind us that God is always with us. Have you ever prayed and started to feel like you were being hugged from the inside out? That, my friend, is the Holy Spirit.

It’s amazing to think about how much God loves us; he gave us his one and ONLY Son to save us! And Jesus loves us so much that he not only gave his life for us but also sent the Holy Spirit so that we would never be alone and without his guidance.

In verses 23-24, Jesus tells the disciples that we can go directly to the Father with our prayers! We can boldly enter the throne room of God because of what Jesus accomplished on the cross. This is why we pray in Jesus’ name. He made it possible. How wonderful is that?! Even in the midst of all that happens, be it joyous or chaotic, the Spirit is always with us to help us along the way.

QUESTIONS:
What ways can you recognize the Holy Spirit in your life?

Do you listen to the gentle nudge of the Holy Spirit when making decisions?

PRAYER:
Dear Lord, thank you for always thinking of me! Thank you for not leaving me alone. Give me a heart to receive your Holy Spirit and the wisdom to follow his lead in my life—in all that I say and do. As I study your Word, let your Holy Spirit help to uncover all that is a mystery about you to me. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.


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Creating True Friendship – John Reading Plan

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Read: John 15

Think about your closest friendships. Is it the length of time you have known them that counts, or how you know them that matters most? What are you willing to put in or sacrifice for that friendship? To know your brother or sister is to love them the way we were designed to. Too often, we let meaning- less goals or differences stop us from living life the way God intended. Failing to share what we have learned blocks us from building genuine connections.

John 15:12-15
“This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. 13 There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me.”

Jesus was the ultimate teacher for his disciples, but he was so much more than they had realized at the time. He urged them to love each other and to spread that same love throughout the world the way he had shown them. The crucifixion hours later would prove Jesus wasn’t all talk. The knowledge he shared from God bridged the gap between the master and the servant. His love created a true friendship.

QUESTIONS:
Do you truly live life with your friends?

Do you confide in one another?

Do they know your love for Jesus?

NEXT STEPS:
You should want to share your love of God with everyone.

Invite others to a weekend service or ask them to join a Group.

Pray for confidence in sharing your story with old and new friends.

Ask for guidance from trusted leaders while growing in your faith.

PRAYER:
Jesus, thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice to save all of God’s children. Thank you for guiding those with love in their hearts to share the word. Continue to give us a willingness to reach out to others and create new friendships. May we focus on building bonds that will spread across generations. Amen.


This post was written by Jaron Camp. Jaron is a storyteller and a professional ghostwriter who enjoys using his gifts to write for the LivingItOut. When he’s not developing fictional worlds, researching, and writing, Jaron enjoys watching sports, participating in family game night, and spending time with his wife and four kids.


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Home Sweet Home – John Reading Plan

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Read: John 14

Have you ever heard of someone just opening their Bible, looking for God to speak to them? Well, that’s what I did! The night my earthly father died, I sat on my front porch stoop, looked up at heaven, and prayed. I desperately needed to know that my father was in heaven. I prayed that God would somehow tell me. I opened my Bible to this passage.

John 14:1-4
“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. 2 There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? 3 When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. 4 And you know the way to where I am going.”

Wow! I felt as if God spoke directly to me right then and there! Comfort and peace washed over me like a fresh rain shower! I still believe it to this day, and there isn’t anything anyone could say or do to change my mind.

It doesn’t always happen like this. I guess that’s where faith comes in.

Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

I believe that God saw my pain, and in his compassion, he revealed himself to me that night. I have been striving to know him better since.

It’s amazing to me how great God’s love is for me—for all of us! He loves us so much that he gave his Son, Jesus, through whom it becomes possible to have a personal relationship with God. And our God can understand and relate with everything we are going through because Jesus has experienced everything I have and more.

It’s all just so amazing, this journey I’ve been on to learn the different aspects of God’s love and the wonderful gifts he gives so freely. God’s been there all along, just waiting for me to ask.

My life hasn’t been perfect since I gave it to Christ. There are times when it’s downright hard! Knowing I’m not alone gives me strength and courage to face it, though. Whatever I need for the day, God will provide. I am also confident that when this short life of mine is over, there’s a place in heaven for me where I will spend eternity with my heavenly Father. Praise God!

QUESTIONS:
What circumstance prompted you to give your life to Christ?

Have you shared the news with someone?

What’s the next step in growing your relationship with Jesus?

PRAYER:
Father in heaven, thank you for the promise of an eternity spent with you! Thank you for my friend, Jesus, who died on that cross for my sins. What an adventure it is to know you, to trust you, and to follow you. Teach me your ways and give me insight and courage to walk in the path that you have laid out for me. Give me strength to be your hands and feet, today and always. In Jesus’ name, amen.


This post was written by Julie Estep. Julie loves her husband John and their combined five adult children and four grandchildren. Her favorite activities are walking their two dogs and golfing. She loves sharing her faith and is grateful for the chance to be a LIO contributor.


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How Can I Serve You? – John Reading Plan

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Read: John 13

John 13:1-5
Before the Passover celebration, Jesus knew that his hour had come to leave this world and return to his Father. He had loved his disciples during his ministry on earth, and now he loved them to the very end. 2 It was time for supper, and the devil had already prompted Judas, son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. 3 Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God. 4 So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, 5 and poured water into a basin. Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him.

I don’t think there is any chapter in the Bible that better describes what it means to follow Jesus than this one. Jesus has come to Jerusalem with his disciples to celebrate the final Passover of his earthly life. According to scripture, he knows this, and the scene is set for his final and eternal demonstration of unconditional love.

Jesus begins with a menial task, one that only a non-Jewish household slave would be required to perform. If you think about the time during which Jesus lived and the four-legged modes of transportation available to those who were well off (but not to a group of humble men following their rabbi), you may begin to imagine what type of material was on their feet. We’re not just talking road dust or mud! But instead of making sure a servant was available to take care of that detail when they arrived for their Passover meal, Jesus, knowing who he was and what he was about, did it himself. He strips down to his tunic, wraps a towel around his waist, and begins to wash the filthy feet of his companions—all of them! As usual, Peter speaks up, first put off by Jesus’ service, but then demands more! And just as usual, Jesus reproves Peter and tries to help him understand.

John 13:10-11
10 Jesus replied, “A person who has bathed all over does not need to wash, except for the feet, to be entirely clean. And you disciples are clean, but not all of you.” 11 For Jesus knew who would betray him. That is what he meant when he said, “Not all of you are clean.”

Jesus demonstrates his love to all of his disciples, even to Judas, who he knows will betray him. Isn’t that amazing? It is so hard to wrap my mind around the idea that what I do doesn’t cause God to love me. It is who I am. I am his child, created in his image. Even though I have “road dirt” clinging to my feet, he loves me and wants to wash me clean! He did it for Judas. He does it for me and for you! And he has given us an example of how we are to love and serve each other. In service, we get to go first. In being served, we get to go last. As we are loved, so shall we love.

QUESTIONS:
How do you think the disciples felt when Jesus began to wash their feet?

NEXT STEPS:
If you have invited Jesus to be the leader of your life, your next step is baptism. You can find out about baptism at CedarCreek.tv/baptism.

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PRAYER:
My Lord, Jesus, what an example of love for others you have set for me! If I follow you, I must learn to intentionally love those whom you love and serve those who need to experience your love, in your name. Help me know who and how. I already know the why: because you did it first! I thank you and worship you for that! Amen.


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Trust in the Light – John Reading Plan

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Read: John 12

John 12 gives us glimpses of what is to come in Jesus’ future. First, Mary “took a twelve-ounce jar of expensive perfume made from essence of nard, and she anointed Jesus’ feet with it, wiping his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance” (v. 3). Judas, one of the disciples, was pretty critical of the use of the expensive perfume. Jesus’ rebuttal was “she did this in preparation for my burial” (v. 7).

What? He’s going to be buried soon?

Then, Jesus was heading into town and a large crowd “took palm branches and went down the road to meet him,” shouting “Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hail to the King of Israel!” (v. 13). What? Jesus is the King of Israel? Verse 16 tells us that “his disciples didn’t understand at the time that this was a fulfillment of prophecy.” (Prophecy is something that was predicted in the past and happens in the future.)

Finally, Jesus says, “Now the time has come for the Son of Man to enter into his glory” (v. 23).

What? What does this even mean, “enter his glory”?

Jesus is sharing the news that he is about to die and be buried and that his death will bring glory to God, showing that he is the King of Israel, God’s Son. Jesus says in verse 46, “I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the dark.” The people didn’t understand all the pieces of the puzzle at that time. They didn’t know what was to come in the future, but Jesus did.

We also don’t know what tomorrow holds, but Jesus does.

So often we think that we have plenty of time to “get right with Jesus,” but the future is not certain for any of us. That is why Jesus gave us this reminder: “Put your trust in the light while there is still time; then you will become children of the light” (John 12:36). But the truth is we need to make every day count, because we don’t know what tomorrow may bring.

James 4:14
How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.

Proverbs 27:1
Don’t brag about tomorrow, since you don’t know what the day will bring.

There’s no better day to trust in Jesus than today.

QUESTIONS:
Do you trust in Jesus as your Savior? Are you putting off “getting right with Jesus” because you think you have all the time in the world?

NEXT STEPS:
Trust in Jesus. If you’ve already placed your faith in him, commit to walking with him. Spend time with him in his Word so you can know more about Jesus and what it means to follow and serve him.

PRAYER:
Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross for me. Thank you for being the light for my path. Thank you for knowing all things—even what all of my tomorrows hold. Help me to trust you and walk with you in the light in the time that I have. May my life honor and glorify you in all that I say and do. In your name I pray, amen.


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When the Answer is No – John Reading Plan

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Welcome to the John Reading Plan! In preparation for Easter, we, as a church, will be reading through the book of John. So, whether you are subscribed to the LivingItOut or you are part of the text-in campaign, each morning you will receive a link to that day’s reading in John and a corresponding devotion. Our hope is that you get to know Jesus better as we read through the book and devotions together.

Read: John 11

Have you ever received a “no” from God?

In John 11, Mary and Martha experience the most devastating “no” imaginable. Despite the message they send about their ill brother, Jesus doesn’t come until after Lazarus dies.

John 11:4-6
But when Jesus heard about it he said, “Lazarus’s sickness will not end in death. No, it happened for the glory of God so that the Son of God will receive glory from this.” 5 So although Jesus loved Martha, Mary, and Lazarus, 6 he stayed where he was for the next two days.

As we read this, it’s clear that Jesus’ inactivity is not due to indifference. He cares deeply about his friends, and he’s not abandoning them—he has a far greater plan in mind. Mary and Martha, however, know none of this. They’re in the dark, facing the storm of grief and confusion that comes with losing a loved one. As women in that era, they might have relied on Lazarus for protection and provision, meaning they were now facing uncertainty and limited options.

When Jesus finally arrives, they could have easily blamed him or spiraled into despair. Instead, the women respond with a humbling trust and confidence in who Jesus says he is.

John 11:25-27
Jesus told her [Martha], “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. 26 Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?” 27 “Yes, Lord,” she told him. “I have always believed you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who has come into the world from God.”

In the midst of painful, broken events, we might feel like our prayers are going unanswered. We start to wonder whether God is listening or even cares. But like Mary and Martha, we can cling to Jesus’ promises and the truth of his character. Through the story of Lazarus, we see Jesus’ compassion and his ability to miraculously redeem hardship. Because of this, we can rest in his unfathomable love and know that he has a plan for us, even when all we see is the “no.”

QUESTIONS:
Have your prayers ever been answered with a no?

What was your reaction? Did you eventually see God use that “no” for good?

What’s one way you can grow your trust in Jesus this week?

NEXT STEPS:
Write down three verses that reveal Jesus’ character.

Read them when life gets hard to remind yourself that he is trustworthy and faithful.

Start a prayer journal. Write down your prayers, then later return to them to chronicle God’s answer. Over time, you’ll have a beautiful reminder of the way God has shown up in your life.

PRAYER:
Dear heavenly Father, thank you so much for loving me and for having a good plan for my life. I sometimes struggle to trust you when circumstances are challenging. Please remind me of your character, the way you care for me, and your faithfulness. I want to cling to your promises when faced with hardship. In Jesus’ name, amen.


This post was written by Sarah Pagel. Sarah is passionate about weaving stories pierced with beauty, light, and sehnsucht. She’s an avid reader of everything from dusty classics to modern fantasy. When not living in worlds made of words, she can be found spending time with her family, taking long walks, or practicing yet another Vivaldi piece on her violin.


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