WHEN JESUS DOESN’T ANSWER

John 11:1-44

By Rev. Dr. Jerry Schmoyer  jerry@schmoyer.net 

  http://india.christiantrainingonline.org/

 

INTRODUCTION

 

PAUL & SILAS following Jesus

       told to go to Europe, Philippi, to start church

       prayed for help and protection

       arrested and thrown into jail!

   Why didn’t Jesus answer their prayers?

 

JOB prayed for family every day

       hedge of protection around children

       one day all killed – no explanation from God!

 

OUR FAMILY – Glory

Seem distant, unhearing, uncaring

 

READ JOHN 11:1-6 (exposit)

 

PROBLEM

Bad things happen, Jesus doesn’t help, change

       -but they helped Jesus – money, housing, etc

-not heal Lazarus before despite long illness

       close, stayed at their house, healed others

       healed those He didn’t know, why not Lazarus?

-not heal Lazarus when told he was much worse

-not even bother coming until too late

-just send word that Lazarus not die, be all right

         but already dead when got the word

 

 

SOLUTION

 

1. NOT because Jesus doesn’t know

       OMNISCIENT – knows everything

       -knew when Lazarus died

 

READ JOHN 11:14 (exosit)

 

2. NOT because Jesus doesn’t love, care

       -says repeatedly Jesus loved him/them

       close friends, only ‘home’ Jesus knew

 

READ JOHN 11:3, 5, 36 (exosit)

 

we assume if love someone will do anything to help them – Jesus doesn’t help, think doesn’t care

 

3. NOT because Jesus unable

       SOVEREIGN

       -M& M say He is able, He’s done it for strangers before

 

4. BUT because He has a greater plan

 

-for our growth

       stretch our faith, opportunity to trust

       M&M “Jesus, help my faith grow” – so this happens

              Job         AbrahamPaul & Silas

              My family       you….

 

       PETER in boat OK, then wants to walk on water

              why?  Storm!!! 

Without storm wouldn’t get out of boat

              storms stretch our faith,

 

 

 

 

-for His glory

       as we see Him provide  or help us through

       as others see Him provide for us or help us through it

       EXAMPLE:  Mary & Martha

       said: “Use us for your glory any way you want”

– so He did

       Job glorifies God by faith, example, still to us today

       US same, but can’t see it yet

              others: hindsight so easier to see when over

       us now: don’t see whole picture yet!

 

KEY TO VICTORY

TRUST, BELIEVE  no explanation, reason late, just faith, trust

 

Jesus to Disciples [theological] – believe in me

READ JOHN 11:7-16 (exosit)

       ‘asleep’ – so travel 2 days to wake someone up?

       no explanation to disciples who wonder why not heal

       just expected them to trust Him!

 

Jesus to Martha [rational] – believe

READ JOHN 11:17-27 (exosit)

Theological discussion – dead, one day arise …

“do you believe?”  v 26

“Yes” she says, no more explanation

       “then just trust Me”

 

Jesus to Mary [emotional] – believe in me

READ JOHN 11:28-37 (exosit)

“if you….” = WHY question  (v 32)

Loves, cares – cries with her

       but no explanation

 

CHILD to parent

       trust without explanation

       sometimes parent can’t explain,

              child not understand

              child not agree

       take pretty object from child (knife)

       let someone hurt them (doctor, shot)

 

ALL BASED ON TRUST

WHY should we trust Him    What right He have to ask of us?

NOT based on reasons, proof

BUT based on Who & What Jesus is (proven by cross for us

 

EXAMPLE OF TRUST

HANANNIAH, AZARIAH, MISHAEL

       “always able”  “don’t know if willing”

 

RESULTS

 

READ JOHN 11:38-44 (exosit)

Stone away – smell!!!

       4 days  soul gone for sure

              why Jesus waited to come!

 

JOHN 11:40 (exosit)

Belief/faith not conditional for doing of the miracle

       but for seeing God’s glory in it

Believe = see God in it

“Lazarus, come forth” = or all in graveyard come out!

 

COME OUT!   at death body to grave

              soul, spirit right to heaven

              “today you will be with Me in paradise!”

       rapture – bodies resurrected, returned to us

 

GROWTH of Mary, Martha, Lazarus through this

 

GLORY

-believers worship, Mary Martha Lazarus worship

-unbelievers see this about Jesus, too

       still reject

       forced to act to get rid of Jesus before Passover

       too many now believing, folowing

       fulfill prophecy for Jesus to die when Pas Lamb killed!

 

CONCLUSION

MARY & MARTHA grew spiritually, closer to Jesus

PAUL & SILAS praise, earthquake, stay, jailer believes, church

JOB rewarded, blessed, double all lost

ME & YOU?  Same -= but in future!

       Apply to current situations …

 

NOW: WE TRUST!

Silent prayer

He’s never late…

 

C t O Rev. Dr. JERRY SCHMOYER
Christian Training Organization
jerry@ChristianTrainingOrganization.org
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