Yass Community Baptist Church
Today we explore the story of Lazarus four days in the tomb and think about what Jesus is up to when life stinks.
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  • Yass Community Baptist Church
    50 Laidlaw St, Yass NSW 2582, Australia
    Sunday 10:00 AM
This Stinks!
Have you found yourself saying something like that before? Perhaps you have been saying it lately. Sometimes it seems like you have been crying out to Jesus but he is too slow in showing up.

Jesus was too late!
Mary and Martha had sent word, they had cried out to Jesus for help but he was too late to show up. They had faith that Jesus could heal their brother, but he didn't answer their cries for help until it was too late.

Have you ever been there? Maybe you are there right now?
Why was Jesus late?
Jesus wasn't late because he didn't care. And he wasn't late by accident or because he was too busy doing other things. Jesus was late because he was up to something.

Do you have faith to believe that when something in your life stinks that Jesus is up to something?
Greater Revelation and Demonstration
Jesus was setting the scene for greater revelation of his identity and glory and greater demonstration of his power. He was revealing to those that had great faith for healing that he is so much more than a healer.

What is Jesus setting the scene to reveal to you in your life? What is Jesus up to?
This will not end in death.
Jesus declared from the very start that this episode in Mary, Martha and Lazarus' life would not end in death. This is true for all of us in every situation. Not because we don't sometimes experience death but because death is not the end of the story with Jesus.

Today is the day to put your trust in him. We invite you to pray this prayer.
I want to put my trust in you today.
I invite you to come into my life.
Come heal me where I am broken.
Come teach me how to live as I put my trust in you.
Come forgive all of my sin.
Come fill me with hope beyond death.
Come fill me with your Holy Spirit.

Life Group Discussion Questions Below

As our life groups gather this week, we have attached our reference verse and some questions to prompt a deeper discussion and search into this week's topic.

If you are not currently part of a life group, and would like to join a small group of like minded people in fellowship and connection during the week, please contact Nick on 0417472474 to register your interest.
Life Group Discussion - Read John 11:32-44 above

(1) What stands out to you most about the story of Lazarus' resurrection?
(2) How do you think Mary and Martha felt waiting for Jesus and watching their brother die?
(3) Have you ever felt let down by Jesus or do you feel that way right now? Share with the group what that was like?
(4) Why do you think Jesus waited before going to Lazarus? Why didn't he go straight away to heal him?
(5) What is revealed about Jesus that wouldn't have been if went straight away?
(6) What do you think Jesus is up to in your life at the moment?

Take some time to pray for one another

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