Mar 15, 2020 | Lee Becknell
I am the Resurrection and the Life
Text: John 11:17-45
One was a paragraph from the 1962 speech of retired 82-year-old General of the Army Douglas MacArthur to the Corps of Cadets, in accepting the coveted Thayer Award. The paragraph goes like this: “Duty, honor, country: Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying point to build courage when courage seems to fail, to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith, to create hope when hope becomes forlorn.”
Did you catch that last phrase? “To create hope when hope becomes forlorn.” We all have those moments in life when “hope becomes forlorn,” when all seems lost, when we do not know how to keep going. MacArthur challenges the Soldier to find hope in duty, honor, and country. For the Christian believer, we can go even higher, to God. Today’s story offers hope for the hopeless, life from death.
Title: “I am the Resurrection and the life.”
* Series: The “I am” statements of Jesus and why we can trust Jesus completely.
Theme: “If you believe you will see the glory of God. When we are out of hope, God knows the future. When God comes through, we get to know God better. And there is one last lesson: When God puts his Spirit in us, we get to live forever.”
* This morning, I would like to share with you the following lessons. Notice three statements that Martha makes about Jesus.
- I know that whatever Jesus asks from God, God will give him.
- I know that he will rise again in the Resurrection.
Luke 14:14, I Corinthians 15:35, 42-44, I Thessalonians 4:16, Revelation 21:11-15
- I believe that you are the Christ the Son of God.
1 John 5:1, 1John 4:7-11
JESUS SAID WHAT: SERIES OVERVIEW
Tagline: The “I AM” Statements of Jesus
Synopsis: Jesus taught us many great things about how we should live and how we
should treat other people. But some of the most important things He spoke were the
things he told us about who He was – God himself.
Memory Verse: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrew
I AM. . .
Scripture: John 8:42-59, Jesus Claims About Himself
To the people of the Old Testament – Abraham, Joseph, Moses – God was the great “I
AM.” When Jesus said, “before Abraham was born, I AM!” he was telling the people that
he was God himself – he was with the Father from the beginning of time.
The Bread of Life
Scripture: John 6:32-42, 60-69, The Bread of Life
After Jesus fed the 5,000, he told the people “I AM the Bread of Life.” Just as we need
to eat food for our physical health, we need Jesus for our spiritual health.
The Light of the World
Scripture: John 8:12-20, The Light of the World
Light allows us to see and keeps us from stumbling in the dark. Many people in this
world live in spiritual darkness because of sin. Jesus is the Light of the World who
exposes sin and shows us the good and right way to live.
The Gate for the Sheep
Scripture: John 10:7-10, The Gate for the Sheep
Throughout the Bible, God’s people are described as His sheep. Jesus is the Gate.
Only through a relationship with Jesus can we enter into the sheep pen and become one
of God’s people too.
JESUS SAID WHAT: SERIES OVERVIEW
The Good Shepherd
Scripture: John 10:11-18, The Good Shepherd
A shepherd feeds, cares for, and protects his sheep. Jesus is our Good Shepherd and
we are his sheep. Jesus went so far as to lay down his life for his sheep.
Objective: Kids will learn that Jesus laid down his life for us.
The Resurrection and the Life
Scripture: John 11:17-44, Jesus Raises Lazarus
Jesus performed a miracle by raising Lazarus from the dead. He also gave us a great
promise when he said: “I AM the resurrection and the life.” He was saying that everyone
who believes in Jesus will have eternal life.
The Way, The Truth, and The Life
Scripture: John 14:1-7, The Way to the Father
People get confused thinking there are many different ways to God. BUT Jesus said
that the only way to the Father and to live with Him in heaven is through Jesus. Jesus is
the Way, the Truth, and The Life.
Scripture: John 15:1-17, The Vine and the Branches
The branches of a plant cannot survive unless they are continually connected to the
main vine. Jesus is the Vine. To live a holy, fruitful, and happy life, we need to be
constantly connected to Him.