Jesus Raises Lazarus from the Dead

Jesus told her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life.  Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.’” (John 11:25)


John 11:1-44

Superman has superhuman strength, x-ray vision and super-speed. Spiderman has lightning-fast reflexes, super strength and “spider-sense.” The Flash is the fastest man alive. But there is something not even the best of superheroes can do: bring people back to life. Even Spiderman could not save his first love, Gwen Stacy, from death.

In this story, Jesus’ friend Lazarus was sick. His sisters came to Jesus asking Him to heal their brother, but He told them that Lazarus’ “sickness would not end in death.” Finally, after a couple of days, Jesus told the disciples they were going to go and visit Lazarus because he had passed away. “Lazarus has fallen asleep,” he said, “but now I will go and wake him up.” The disciples were confused, wondering why they would take such a long journey for a man who was simply sleeping. But Jesus knew Lazarus had died and He planned to go and bring him back to life.

When Jesus arrived, Lazarus’ sisters approached Him, explaining that if only He had come earlier, Lazarus would not have died. Jesus spoke, saying Lazarus would rise again. He said, “Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die.” The sisters and friends who had gathered at Lazarus’ tomb still did not understand what Jesus was saying or what He was about to do, but when Jesus told Lazarus to come out of his tomb and they saw the life Jesus had given him, they knew. Jesus provides us with a new life.

Jesus has the greatest power of all: bringing us from death to life. In this story, He demonstrated His power over death in the literal sense. But still today, Jesus has power to give us a new, spiritual life. He wants to bury our old, sinful selves and bring us a new, fruitful life in Him. He has the power to do this in us and when we believe in Jesus as our Savior, He will give us this new spiritual life as well as life everlasting with Him in Heaven.

Questions to think about:

  1. What was your life like before you came to know Jesus as your Savior?
  2. In what ways is your life different now that you believe in Him?
  3. What is something in your life (a sin, habit, relationship, etc.) that God might want to bury and bring new life to?