BIBLE: John Chapter 11 – Headline “You Can’t Keep A Dead Man Down”

Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.

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John 11

The Death of Lazarus

John 11:1 Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.
John 11:2 It was that Mary who anointed the Lord with fragrant oil and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.
John 11:3 Therefore the sisters sent to Him, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.”
John 11:4 When Jesus heard that, He said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”
John 11:5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.
John 11:6 So, when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was.
John 11:7 Then after this He said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.”
John 11:8 The disciples said to Him, “Rabbi, lately the Jews sought to stone You, and are You going there again?”
John 11:9 Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world.
John 11:10 But if one walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.”
John 11:11 These things He said, and after that He said to them, “Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up.”
John 11:12 Then His disciples said, “Lord, if he sleeps he will get well.”
John 11:13 However, Jesus spoke of his death, but they thought that He was speaking about taking rest in sleep.
John 11:14 Then Jesus said to them plainly, “Lazarus is dead.
John 11:15 And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe. Nevertheless let us go to him.”
John 11:16 Then Thomas, who is called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with Him.”
  • They knew the Jewish leaders were looking to kill Jesus.

I Am the Resurrection and the Life

John 11:17 So when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the tomb four days.
John 11:18 Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about [Lit. 15 stadia] two miles away.
John 11:19 And many of the Jews had joined the women around Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother.
John 11:20 Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him, but Mary was sitting in the house.
John 11:21 Now Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.
John 11:22 But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.”
John 11:23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
John 11:24 Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”
  • Reference Verse:
    • Job 19:25 For I know that my Redeemer lives, And He shall stand at last on the earth;
John 11:25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.
  • If Jesus is the resurrection, isn’t He also God? If Jesus is the source of life, isn’t He also God? Didn’t Jesus raise Himself from the dead when He said “Destroy this temple (My body) and I will raise it in three days”?
John 11:26 And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
John 11:27 She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”

Jesus and Death, the Last Enemy

John 11:28 And when she had said these things, she went her way and secretly called Mary her sister, saying, “The Teacher has come and is calling for you.”
John 11:29 As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly and came to Him.
John 11:30 Now Jesus had not yet come into the town, but (was still) was in the place where Martha met Him.
John 11:31 Then the Jews who were with her in the house, and comforting her, when they saw that Mary rose up quickly and went out, followed her, (supposing that she was going) saying, “She is going to the tomb to weep there.”
John 11:32 Then, when Mary came where Jesus was, and saw Him, she fell down at His feet, saying to Him, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.”
John 11:33 Therefore, when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled.
John 11:34 And He said, “Where have you laid him?”
They said to Him, “Lord, come and see.”
John 11:35 Jesus wept.
  • Two words expressing God’s love for His creation.
  • The shortest verse in the King James Version of the Bible
John 11:36 Then the Jews said, “See how He loved him!”
John 11:37 And some of them said, “Could not this Man, who opened the eyes of the blind, also have kept this man from dying?”

Lazarus Raised from the Dead

John 11:38 Then Jesus, again groaning in Himself, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it.
John 11:39 Jesus said, “Take away the stone.”
Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.”
  • Lazarus died on day one. Jesus waited two days before returning. Lazarus has been dead three days, On day four Lazarus is raised from the dead.
John 11:40 Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?”
John 11:41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.
John 11:42 And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.”
John 11:43 Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!”
John 11:44 And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.”
  • ► Lazarus, when raised from the dead, was raised to die again. This was not a true resurrection.
  • A literal resurrection is someone who will not die again. When Jesus rose from the dead he was the first born of those resurrected from the dead never to die again. After Jesus rose as the first fruits, tombs were opened and several saints rose. Jesus, along with the saints, are the wave offering (the sheaf offering) during the feast of unleavened bread. The Jewish feasts are symbolic of literal events in God’s plan for man’s redemption.
  • This suggests all resurrections are connected to literal harvests as Jesus’ parables point out. First the first fruits, then the sheafs, then the main harvest, finally the gleanings. All of these are part of the first resurrection which are the resurrections of the faithful. The second resurrection is for those who were unfaithful and unbelievers.
  • After first fruits and the wave offering (past resurrections), is the order of rapture and the resurrection of the sleeping (dead) saints (future resurrections). The the main harvest. At the end of the tribulation is the gleanings, the resurrection of the tribulation saints;.
  • This concept is most illustrated in the harvest of the wheat and the tares (weeds) in three of the gospels:
    • Matthew 3:12 His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
    • Matthew 13:30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.” ’ ”
    • Luke 3:17 His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather the wheat into His barn; but the chaff He will burn with unquenchable fire.”
  • ► Lazarus was bound by grave clothes: Lazarus is a perfect pattern of the Jews leaving Egypt. The Hebrew meaning of Egypt is to be bound, held captive, a slave, closed in.
    • The Hebrew word for Egypt is Mitzraim מצרים, which is a masculine plural noun in Hebrew. It stems from a Hebraic root which means to bind (shackle or imprison), to be bound or a boundary, and lastly it means bondage, servitude, or slavery. The above descriptions align perfectly with the Torah’s appellations and synonyms for Ancient Egypt or Kemet. Within the Torah, Egypt known in Hebrew as Mitzraim מצרים, is synonymous with BONDAGE and servitude (Slavery). There are at least 13 references in the Torah to Egypt מצרים as being the House of Bondage:
      (Exodus:13:3, Exodus:13:14, Exodus:20:2, Deuteronomy:5:6, Deuteronomy:6:12, Deuteronomy:7:8, Deuteronomy:8:14, Deuteronomy:13:6, Deuteronomy:13:11, Joshua:24:17, Judges:6:8, Jeremiah:34:13, Micah:6:4). So whenever Egypt or in Hebrew Mitzraim is mentioned in the Torah, it is synonymous with physical and mental Bondage (Slavery).

The Plot to Kill Jesus

John 11:45 Then many of the Jews who had come to Mary, and had seen the things Jesus did, believed in Him.
John 11:46 But some of them went away to the Pharisees and told them the things Jesus did.
  • The witnesses told the Pharisees Jesus raised a man from the dead.
  • The Pharisees reply “Kill Him”
  • Kill a man who raises men from the dead?
    • Psalm 2:2,Why do the (gentile leaders) nations rage (like a stormy sea), And the people (Jewish leaders) plot a vain (hopeless, useless, empty) thing?, 4 He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the Lord (‘ăḏōnāyspoken in place of Yahweh in Jewish display of reverence) shall hold them in derision.
John 11:47 Then the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered a council and said, “What shall we do? For this Man works many signs.
  • The Chief priests and Pharisees were the spiritually dead attempting to kill a spiritually alive man.
    • Matthew 23:27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.
John 11:48 If we let Him alone like this, everyone will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and nation.”
John 11:49 And one of them, Caiaphas, being high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all,
John 11:50 nor do you consider that it is expedient for (you) us that one man should die for the people, and not that the whole nation should perish.”
  • Both a truth and a reversal of the truth:
    • Jesus’ death will ultimately save the Jewish nation, returning at the end of the seven year tribulation before the Jews are completely annihilated by the Antichrist to deliver and save the remnant.
    • Because Jesus was rejected and died on the cross, the nation was not saved immediately as Daniel’s 70 weeks indicated, but rather the Gentiles were graphed into the Jewish vine.
John 11:51 Now this he did not say on his own authority; but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation,
John 11:52 and not for that nation only, but also that He would gather together in one the children of God who were scattered abroad.
John 11:53 Then, from that day on, they plotted to put Him to death.
John 11:54 Therefore Jesus no longer walked openly among the Jews, but went from there into the country near the wilderness, to a city called Ephraim, and there remained with His disciples.
John 11:55 And the Passover of the Jews was near, and many went from the country up to Jerusalem before the Passover, to purify themselves.
John 11:56 Then they sought Jesus, and spoke among themselves as they stood in the temple, “What do you think—that He will not come to the feast?”
John 11:57 Now both the chief priests and the Pharisees had given a command, that if anyone knew where He was, he should report it, that they might seize Him.
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