What would you say are the three most important words in any language?  Many people might say “I love you”, because those three words show how much we care for someone ~ how much they mean to us.

We might also consider the words “I am sorry” because these three words have the power to transform a relationship. They require humility and trust, but when sincerely spoken, they bring us back to realizing something that may come as a great shock to us ~ we are not perfect!  When we are willing to admit we have been wrong, it is rather healing and quite positive!

Bible Reading: John 11:17-45

Jesus lived a remarkable life. The fact that Jesus lived a holy life is inspiring. The fact that Jesus performed miracles is powerful. If we only thought of his great love, we could feel blessed. But of infinite importance are these words:

Jesus said, I am the resurrection and the life.  John 11:25

Jesus actually spoke those words to a woman whose brother had died. Jesus raised her brother from the dead and her grief was turned to joy.  Later when Jesus died on the cross, his disciples mourned until on the third day, they received the good news “He is risen.” Matthew 28:5-6

Jesus dying on the cross and his resurrection show us the power of God over sin and death.

 

Discussion

    1. What are three significant words from the Bible that you see in this article?
    2. In the Bible Jesus predicts not only his death, but also that he will be raised to life ~ this is called the resurrection which is celebrated on Easter Sunday.

      Jesus said, ‘I must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.’ Luke 9:22

      Jesus lived a perfect life and then died for our sins so that we can have peace with God .  How significant is it that Jesus died and then lives?

    3. Why do you think Christians call Good Friday “good” since it is the day Jesus died on the cross?

    But the angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he is risen, as he said.’ Matthew 28:5-6

    Word List
    transform – dramatic change
    humility – a personal quality or virtue that you do not look down on others and do not think of yourself as better than other people
    holy – dedicated completely to God
    miracles – an event that cannot be explained by natural or scientific laws
    blessed – to have joy and great happiness
    resurrection – life after death
    grief – deep sorrow or sadness
    mourn – an expression of deep sorrow when someone dies
    He is risen – three significant words in the Bible that Jesus was alive again
    Good Friday – the Friday before Easter when Jesus died on the cross

John 11:17-45

Jesus has authority over life and death

11:17 Now when Jesus came, he made the discovery that Lazarus had been put into the earth four days before.
11:18 Now Bethany was near to Jerusalem, about two miles away;
11:19 And a number of Jews had come to Martha and Mary to give them comfort about their brother.
11:20 When Martha had the news that Jesus was on the way, she went out to him, but Mary did not go from the house.
11:21 Then Martha said to Jesus, Lord, if you had been here my brother would not be dead.
11:22 But I am certain that, even now, whatever request you make to God, God will give it to you.
11:23 Jesus said to her, Your brother will come to life again.
11:24 Martha said to him, I am certain that he will come to life again when all come back from the dead at the last day.
11:25 Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life; he who has faith in me will have life even if he is dead;
11:26 And no one who is living and has faith in me will ever see death. Is this your faith?
11:27 She said to him, Yes, Lord: my faith is that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.
11:28 And having said this, she went away and said secretly to her sister Mary, The Master is here and has sent for you.
11:29 And Mary, hearing this, got up quickly and went to him.
11:30 Now Jesus had not at this time come into the town, but was still in the place where Martha had seen him.
11:31 Then the Jews who were with her in the house, comforting her, when they saw Mary get up quickly and go out, went after her in the belief that she was going to the place of the dead and would be weeping there.
11:32 When Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she went down at his feet, saying, Lord, if you had been here my brother would not be dead.
11:33 And when Jesus saw her weeping, and saw the Jews weeping who came with her, his spirit was moved and he was troubled,
11:34 And said, Where have you put him? They said, Come and see, Lord.
11:35 And Jesus himself was weeping.
11:36 So the Jews said, See how dear he was to him!
11:37 But some of them said, This man, who made open the eyes of the blind man, was he not able to keep his friend from death?
11:38 So Jesus, deeply troubled in heart, came to the place of the dead. It was a hole in the rock, and a stone was over the opening.
11:39 Jesus said, Take away the stone. Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said, Lord, by this time the body will be smelling, for he has been dead four days.
11:40 Jesus said to her, Did I not say to you that if you had faith you would see the glory of God?
11:41 So they took away the stone. And Jesus, looking up to heaven, said, Father, I give praise to you for hearing me.
11:42 I was certain that your ears are at all times open to me, but I said it because of these who are here, so that they may see that you sent me.
11:43 Then he said in a loud voice, Lazarus, come out!
11:44 And he who was dead came out, with linen bands folded tightly about his hands and feet, and a cloth about his face. Jesus said to them, Make him free and let him go.
11:45 Then a number of the Jews who had come to Mary and had seen the things which Jesus did had belief in him.

约 翰 福 音 John 11:17-45

11:17 耶 稣 到 了 , 就 知 道 拉 撒 路 在 坟 墓 里 , 已 经 四 天 了 。
11:18 伯 大 尼 离 耶 路 撒 冷 不 远 , 约 有 六 里 路 。
11:19 有 好 些 犹 太 人 来 看 马 大 和 马 利 亚 , 要 为 她 们 的 兄 弟 安 慰 她 们 。
11:20 马 大 听 见 耶 稣 来 了 , 就 出 去 迎 接 他 。 马 利 亚 却 仍 然 坐 在 家 里 。
11:21 马 大 对 耶 稣 说 , 主 阿 , 你 若 早 在 这 里 , 我 兄 弟 必 不 死 。
11:22 就 是 现 在 , 我 也 知 道 , 你 无 论 向 神 求 什 么 , 神 也 必 赐 给 你 。
11:23 耶 稣 说 , 你 兄 弟 必 然 复 活 。
11:24 马 大 说 , 我 知 道 在 末 日 复 活 的 时 候 , 他 必 复 活 。
11:25 耶 稣 对 他 说 , 复 活 在 我 , 生 命 也 在 我 。 信 我 的 人 , 虽 然 死 了 , 也 必 复 活 。
11:26 凡 活 着 信 我 的 人 , 必 永 远 不 死 。 你 信 这 话 吗 ?
11:27 马 大 说 , 主 阿 , 是 的 , 我 信 你 是 基 督 , 是 神 的 儿 子 , 就 是 那 要 临 到 世 界 的 。
11:28 马 大 说 了 这 话 , 就 回 去 暗 暗 地 叫 她 妹 子 , 马 利 亚 说 , 夫 子 来 了 , 叫 你 。
11:29 马 利 亚 听 见 了 就 急 忙 起 来 , 到 耶 稣 那 里 去 。
11:30 那 时 , 耶 稣 还 没 有 进 村 子 , 仍 在 马 大 迎 接 他 的 地 方 。
11:31 那 些 同 马 利 亚 在 家 里 安 慰 她 的 犹 太 人 , 见 她 急 忙 起 来 出 去 , 就 跟 着 她 , 以 为 她 要 往 坟 墓 那 里 去 哭 。
11:32 马 利 亚 到 了 耶 稣 那 里 , 看 见 他 , 就 俯 伏 在 他 脚 前 , 说 , 主 阿 , 你 若 早 在 这 里 , 我 兄 弟 必 不 死 。
11:33 耶 稣 看 见 她 哭 , 并 看 见 与 她 同 来 的 犹 太 人 也 哭 , 就 心 里 悲 叹 , 又 甚 忧 愁 。
11:34 便 说 , 你 们 把 他 安 放 在 哪 里 ? 他 们 回 答 说 , 请 主 来 看 。
11:35 耶 稣 哭 了 。
11:36 犹 太 人 就 说 , 你 看 他 爱 这 人 是 何 等 恳 切 。
11:37 其 中 有 人 说 , 他 既 然 开 了 瞎 子 的 眼 睛 , 岂 不 能 叫 这 人 不 死 吗 ?
11:38 耶 稣 又 心 里 悲 叹 , 来 到 坟 墓 前 。 那 坟 墓 是 个 洞 , 有 一 块 石 头 挡 着 。
11:39 耶 稣 说 , 你 们 把 石 头 挪 开 。 那 死 人 的 姐 姐 马 大 对 他 说 , 主 阿 , 他 现 在 必 是 臭 了 , 因 为 他 死 了 已 经 四 天 了 。
11:40 耶 稣 说 , 我 不 是 对 你 说 过 , 你 若 信 , 就 必 看 见 神 的 荣 耀 吗 ?
11:41 他 们 就 把 石 头 挪 开 。 耶 稣 举 目 望 天 说 , 父 阿 , 我 感 谢 你 , 因 为 你 已 经 听 我 。
11:42 我 也 知 道 你 常 听 我 , 但 我 说 这 话 , 是 为 周 围 站 着 的 众 人 , 叫 他 们 信 是 你 差 了 我 来 。
11:43 说 了 这 话 , 就 大 声 呼 叫 说 , 拉 撒 路 出 来 。
11:44 那 死 人 就 出 来 了 , 手 脚 裹 着 布 , 脸 上 包 着 手 巾 。 耶 稣 对 他 们 说 , 解 开 , 叫 他 走 。
11:45 那 些 来 看 马 利 亚 的 犹 太 人 , 见 了 耶 稣 所 作 的 事 , 就 多 有 信 他 的 。