John 11

In our reading we find Jesus making a statement about His identity by involving those observing in the miracle. Jesus went to the tomb and declared: “but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.” This public gesture of looking up and speaking aloud was unnecessary, since the Father always hears the Son and responds. But Jesus’ mission was to bring people to faith and John was mission-focused throughout this entire book. The unbelieving crowds of mourners heard him pray openly to the Father. We learn later that many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, put their faith in him. Jesus involved people not only in watching and hearing but in the miracle itself. First, they were told to move the stone. Then, after the miracle, they were told to unbind Lazarus. Oh, Jesus’ statement was clearly heard and thus the plot to kill Him was now in the works. The whole point of His mission was fast approaching!


  • Jerry

    When I ready these passages I am reminded of the growing faith of those who followed Jesus. First, Mary & Martha called for Him when Lazarus was sick (v. 3.) then we see the individual faith of each woman. In v. 27 Martha confesses her faith that Jesus is the Messiah & Mary repeats that had Jesus been there Lazarus would not have died in v. 32. And in v. 16 among the apostles we see “doubting” Thomas willing to accompany Jesus even to his death.

  • missliz

    Scripture states that many of them did believe in Jesus but their faith was immature or incomplete. Jesus did not rely on their imperfect faith to do the work of the Father. Thank you, Lord.

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