Unit 25, Session 4: Jesus Raises Lazarus
Jesus received word that His friend Lazarus was sick. Lazarus was the brother of Mary and Martha. They lived in the town of Bethany, which was about two miles away from Jerusalem. Mary and Martha sent a message to Jesus, likely expecting Him to come right away.
Jesus loved Mary, Martha, and Lazarus; yet He stayed where He was, and Lazarus died. Why would Jesus do such a thing? Jesus said that Lazarus’ sickness was “for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it” (John 11:4). He said that He was glad He wasn’t there when Lazarus died so that the disciples may believe. (John 11:15) Jesus’ timing is always perfect, and He acts—or doesn’t act—so that God will be glorified.
By the time Jesus arrived in Bethany, Lazarus had been in the tomb for four days. Martha went to meet Jesus. She said to Him, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother wouldn’t have died.” Jesus had shown His power to heal people who were sick. Even still, she believed He could do a miracle.
Jesus told Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25). Jesus is the source of life—eternal life that cannot be destroyed by death. Believers do not need to fear death because physical death is not the end. (See John 11:25-26.) Jesus endured death for us so that when we die and are absent from our physical bodies, our souls are with the Lord. (See 2 Cor. 5:8.)
Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. His messiahship was clearly on display, and it was Jesus’ claims to be the Son of God that would lead to His death on the cross. Jesus interrupted Lazarus’s funeral knowing His would soon follow.
Emphasize to your kids that when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, He showed that He has power over death. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life.” Jesus died on the cross for our sins and rose from the dead. He gives eternal life to those who trust in Him.
Jesus Raises Lazarus
When Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, He showed that He has power over death. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life.” Jesus died on the cross for our sins and rose from the dead. He gives eternal life to those who trust in Him.
Family Discussion Questions
- What does it mean for Jesus to be “the resurrection and the life”?
• How can Christians feel joy even in the middle of sad times?
• What is eternal life, and when does it begin?
- Why do you think Jesus wept when He knew He could raise Lazarus from the dead?
• What hope do we have, even in death?
• Do you know anyone who is grieving? Pray that God would comfort him or her.
-Have on person in your family act out different emotions
-Challenge everyone else to try and guess what emotion the actor is pretending to feel.
-Make sure to end the game by acting out sadness.
Usually you can tell how a person is feeling by looking at facial expressions and actions. In our story today, we will learn about something that made Jesus cry. What do you think might cause Jesus to feel sad and cry?
Consider finding ways your family can serve the community/neighborhood around you. Maybe clean up trash in your neighborhood, help someone do their yardwork, etc. The possibilities are endless.