I AM Week 9: Day 1

Pray and read

Praise God for making himself known to us by his Son. Ask him to give you eyes that see, and a heart which responds with faith and thanksgiving. Read John 11:1-16.

Explore

Who are the characters in this story? Describe their various relationships to one another.

How does Jesus respond to the news Lazarus is sick? What does he do? Why?

The disciples discourage Jesus from going to see Lazarus. Why? How does Jesus respond?

What does Thomas’ response in v16 reveal about the disciple’s expectations of what is about to happen? What might a first-time reader of John’s gospel be expecting to happen?

Apply

While the disciples are on Jesus’ side, it’s clear they still don’t really grasp who he is or his mission. Their own expectations of the Messiah still seem to shape their understanding. Do you come to Jesus with expectations, or conceptions of who he is which don’t come from him? How might you change them?

Pray

Praise God for his word, by which we can know his son, the Lord Jesus.

Ask God to reveal to you any expectations or beliefs you have about Jesus which don’t come from his word, and to change them.

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