Yak Pak Week of March 7th – 13th

Posted: March 5, 2015 in Uncategorized
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Lazarus

Our hope is for our kids to know that: Jesus is the resurrection and the life

Key Verse:
Jesus Answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
John 14:6

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child John 11:1-53) When Jesus found out his friend Lazarus was sick, he didn’t rush to see him. He waited several days before making the journey, and when he arrived it was too late. Why would Jesus wait so long before coming to see his friend? The only possible answer is that he wanted Lazarus dead. He wanted this so he could show everyone that he has power over life and death, because when he arrived he spoke Lazarus back to life. Jesus was fully God, and he showed his disciples and other witnesses the power that he possessed.

The Jesus Connection:
How does today’s Bible story fit into God’s greater plan of redemption?

“I am the resurrection and the life.” With these words, Jesus revealed that he is the author of life, God over all creation, and the object of our faith. He had already explained to the disciples that he was glad he was not in Bethany to heal Lazarus so that Lazarus might rise again. Now, Jesus declares that he is the one who rules over life itself. Martha, who had earlier complained that her sister, Mary, was wasting time at the feet of Jesus, declared her faith with two simple words: “I believe.” These two simple words are all that God requires. “I believe” is the statement of faith that God requires of us all. It forces us to submit to God’s Word and points us to his saving plan through the death of his Son. The raising of Lazarus is a picture of the gospel. Death looks to claim people, but the plan of God through Jesus conquers death and brings salvation from its grasp. Jesus told his disciples that he would lay down his own life that he might “take it up again” (John 10:17). Jesus would soon die, but like Lazarus, he would be raised again to new life.

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