3. 你的熱愛決定你的身份。You are what you love
- 你的热爱决定你的身份。 You are what you love.
Scripture: John 11:38-57
38 Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance.
39 “Take away the stone,” he said. “But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.”
40 Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”
41 So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me.
42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”
43 When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”
44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”
45 Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him.
46 But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done.
47 Then the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the Sanhedrin. “What are we accomplishing?” they asked. “Here is this man performing many signs.
48 If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and then the Romans will come and take away both our temple and our nation.”
49 Then one of them, named Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, spoke up, “You know nothing at all!
50 You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish.”
51 He did not say this on his own, but as high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation,
52 and not only for that nation but also for the scattered children of God, to bring them together and make them one.
53 So from that day on they plotted to take his life.
54 Therefore Jesus no longer moved about publicly among the people of Judea. Instead he withdrew to a region near the wilderness, to a village called Ephraim, where he stayed with his disciples.
55 When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, many went up from the country to Jerusalem for their ceremonial cleansing before the Passover.
56 They kept looking for Jesus, and as they stood in the temple courts they asked one another, “What do you think? Isn’t he coming to the festival at all?”
57 But the chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that anyone who found out where Jesus was should report it so that they might arrest him.
1. Life-giving Lord: “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.” (v44)
· The miracle of raising the dead is different from other miracles;
· The miracle of resurrecting the dead will have tremendous power for the conversion of the human heart;
· The declaration of Jesus + the actions of Jesus = double proof of the authority of Jesus Christ;
· Facing the Lord in charge of life and death, are we indifferent?
· The power struggle behind the story of Lazarus, Jesus has already won!
Did you hear Jesus shouting to you: ___, come out! Untie, tell him to go!
2. Religious leaders who killed life: They negotiated to kill Jesus (v53); to get him (v57)
· Why is John suddenly shifting focus here? John wants us to know Jesus, not Lazarus.
· The identity, role and situation of the Jewish Sanhedrin.
· What are the chief priests and Pharisees afraid of? Religiously? Politically?
· What kind of influence did Jesus have among the people? How will this influence the group of "priests and Pharisees"? How would it affect the local government at that time?
· Faced with this situation, what is the choice of "the chief priests and the Pharisees"? What are their religious considerations, and what are their political considerations?’
Contrast: Give life vs. kill life; untie, tell him to go vs. get him.
3. Your love determines your identity. You are what you love.
· Why did "the chief priests and Pharisees" make such a decision?
· Your passion determines your identity. You are what you love.
· Your identity determines your choice.
· The shaping power of secular etiquette and daily habits.
· The importance of Sunday worship.