John 11:41-44 Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, "Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. I knew that thou hearest me always, but I have said this on account of the people standing by, that they may believe that thou didst send me." When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, "Laz'arus, come out." The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with bandages, and his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, "Unbind him, and let him go."
How do you see Jesus?
Are you a disciple who hears, but doesn’t always understand
Is he your friend, he was Lazarus friend but Lazarus still died.
He was a friend to Mary and Martha, but he didn’t come at once when they told him Lazarus was ill, he waited 2 days. Do you think they would have been able to sing, "What a friend we have in Jesus" at their brother’s funeral?
When Jesus came Lazarus had already been in the tomb 4 days, Mary and Martha were still mourning, The very first thing Martha says, is "Lord if you had been here, Lazarus would not have died. And I know that whatever you ask of God he will give you."
When Mary comes, she is weeping, and also all the Jews who were with her, and Jesus was deeply moved, filled with compassion, and Jesus wept.
Some of the Jesus saw this and said – see how he loved him
Others said – if he had been here he could have kept the man from dying.
Jesus says – take away the stone, he prays and then Lazarus come forth.
They see the glory of God, they see the dead man come forth from the tomb
Many who had seen believed
But some went and told the Pharisees
The chief priests and Pharisees hold a council do decide what to do about Jesus,
The high priest prophesies -
It is expedient that one man should die for the people, that the nation should not perish
Many eyes, they all see things differently, and yet, there is only one Jesus.
How do you see Jesus? In the course of our lives we will see Jesus in many ways.
Sometimes we will be like the disciples who do not understand
Sometimes we will be like the friends, who are disappointed when Jesus does not come
Sometimes we will be like Martha, seeing Jesus as Savior, believing, but still in pain
Sometimes we will be like Mary weeping and mourning
Sometimes we will be like the crowd that sees and believes
Sometimes we will be like the Pharisees, working against Jesus because we see him as a threat to the things we want most.
And yet, Jesus is always the same – its we who change.
Who Jesus is. On the one hand we see the fullness of his humanity, his compassion, we see him mourn, weep, and pray. On the other hand we see the fullness of is divinity, as He raises Lazarus.
Jesus is our savior. Jesus died for our sins. Jesus forgives us. Jesus has a plan for our lives. It is easy to loose sight of who Jesus is, when our sights are set on what we want, on our plans, on our needs, on our ways. Let us lay these all aside.
For the point of the text is something more, than that we should see who Jesus is, the text tells us plainly that the point is that we should believe that God sent Jesus, and believing to be saved by faith in him who God has sent to be our Savior.