Family Bible Study lesson for April 20: The Resurrection and the Life
April 3 2003 by Crate Jones , John 11:1-4, 21-27, 38-40, 43-44

Family Bible Study lesson for April 20: The Resurrection and the Life | Friday, April 4, 2003

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Family Bible Study lesson for April 20: The Resurrection and the Life

By Crate Jones John 11:1-4, 21-27, 38-40, 43-44

Death is a reality for all John 11:1-4 When Adam and Eve disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden, He cast them out. Because of their sin, we live in a fallen world where there is sickness and death.

Every person who lived before those who are now alive has died. And some of us don't feel too chipper.

A lady left this word with a funeral home: "When I die, I want Crate Jones for my funeral - if he's still living." I thought that was the most considerate thing I'd heard lately.

Mary and Martha, sisters of Lazarus, were distressed over the sickness of their brother. Thinking he might die, they sent word to their friend Jesus. They expected Him to come to them quickly; He waited two days.

A drama was about to unfold that would glorify God and Jesus.

When Jesus arrived at the tomb, He cried with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come forth."

Imagine the amazement of the people when they heard a faint rustling. Lazarus appeared in his grave clothes. Then Jesus said, "Loose him and let him go."

Believers experience resurrection and life John 11:21-27 The word resurrection presupposes that death is a reality. Our concept of death determines how we live. If there is nothing beyond the grave, we live only on a materialistic level.

The resurrection of Jesus is proof positive that life is eternal. Jesus died on the cross for our sins, but the darkness of that day was replaced with the glorious Light of Life when He emerged from the tomb.

Easter reminds us of the gift of God's love in providing salvation for us through Jesus. The Promise Keeper said, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies (physically); and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die" (John 11:25).

The moment we repent and believe in Jesus, we experience a resurrection. Paul said, "If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come" (2 Cor. 5:17 NIV).

We will be included in the resurrection when Jesus comes.

A seven-year-old boy invited his aunt to come to his church. He said, "I'm gonna be babbatised." Pointing to his heart, he said, "I have Jesus in my heart, and (rubbing his body) I want Him all over." What a desire that would be for all of us!

Jesus is sovereign over death John 11:38-40,43-44 Polly Wilson, a lovely Christian lady, died from cancer. A graveside service was held at Bear Swamp Baptist Church.

In the afternoon, the sky donned a black robe. Lightning scribbled threatening messages on the clouds, as thunder clapped its hands. It was almost as if nature was empathizing with the storms raging in the hearts of the family members.

As we gathered at the church, where caring friends provided a meal for the family, the roughhouse storm moved on. Only gentle tears dropped from the sky. Polly's brother-in-law, Samuel Ray, said, "Come here. Look!" We rushed out to the cemetery.

God had set His rainbow in the sky. There's nothing unusual about that, for He has been doing it ever since Noah's day. It had to do with a promise He made. To look beyond the rainbow would be to think of God.

What gave this rainbow special meaning was because the end was pointed directly above the tent erected over Polly's resting place. God was manifesting His Presence, keeping His promise of receiving His own unto Himself. It was as though Polly's spirit had caught a ride on the rainbow, only to find herself in heaven.

One other touch of glory. A light streak of cloud was seen cutting across the rainbow, making the shape of a cross. What a combination! A rainbow promising life over death and a cross to remind of God's great gift of salvation through Jesus.

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4/3/2003 11:00:00 PM by Crate Jones , John 11:1-4, 21-27, 38-40, 43-44 | with 0 comments
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