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John 11:7-16 New International Version (NIV)

7 and then he said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.”

8 “But Rabbi,” they said, “a short while ago the Jews there tried to stone you, and yet you are going back?”

9 Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Anyone who walks in the daytime will not stumble, for they see by this world’s light. 10 It is when a person walks at night that they stumble, for they have no light.”

11 After he had said this, he went on to tell them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.”

12 His disciples replied, “Lord, if he sleeps, he will get better.” 13 Jesus had been speaking of his death, but his disciples thought he meant natural sleep.

14 So then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead, 15 and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.”

16 Then Thomas (also known as Didymus[a]) said to the rest of the disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”


Tuesday - March 31 - Read John 11:7-16

Now that Jesus has decided to go visit Lazarus his disciples are scared. They

think going to Bethany, which is near Jerusalem, is a suicide mission because

the Jewish leaders want to arrest and kill Jesus. Thomas seems to accept

this fate and decides he is willing to go down with Jesus! Like we saw

yesterday, with Jesus there is always more going on than we realize. He

knows that this is not how he will die. He is going to visit Lazarus to more

fully reveal Himself and set the stage for his own resurrection. Once he is

resurrected on Easter he wants his disciples to remember that HE is greater

than death. He wants them to remember his mission to bring new, eternal

life for all people.

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