I AM DISCOVERY
Claims Jesus Made about who he is.
I AM The Way, the Truth and the Life -John 14:6
I AM The Bread of Life -John 6:35
I AM The Light of the World -John 8:12
I AM The Sheep Gate -John 10:7
I AM The Good Shepherd -John 10:11
I AM The Resurrection and the Life John 11:25
I AM The Bread of Life -John 6:35
I AM The True Vine – John 15:1
But Jesus Ask “But who do you say that I am?” Matthew 16:15
Have you ever been sick? – Vs. 1-3
Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 (This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair.) 3 So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.”
Have you ever thought God was just too late? -Vs. 21-25
“Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”
23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
24 Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”
25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
What is holding you back? – Vs. 38-44
Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. 39 “Take away the stone,” he said.
“But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.”
40 Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”
41 So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”
43 When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.
Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”
Jesus also raised from dead, Jairus’ daughter (Matthew 9:18-26; Mark 5:41-42; Luke 8:52-56) and a widow’s son (Luke 7:11-15).
Others who were raised from the dead in the Bible:
In 1 Kings 17:22 Elijah raised a boy from the dead.
In 2 Kings 4:34-35 Elisha raised a boy from the dead.
In 2 Kings 13:20-21 Elisha’s bones raised a man from the dead.
In Acts 9:40-41 Peter raised a woman from the dead.
In Acts 20:9-20 Paul raised a man from the dead.
Marjorie Lucus – 1995
all of us long for renewal until we find out what it means. It means “bring back to life” which necessitates death. Simply put: spiritual renewal = death + resurrection. We all want renewal. But are you willing to die for it? If you want renewal you have to die to self. That means you have to die to pride, die to lust, die to selfishness, die to laziness, die to things that are permissible and strive for things that are beneficial. There is no other way. You want to come alive? Then die to self. You want the fullness of life Jesus promised? You will have to die a million little deaths to yourself. –
‘Never put a comma where God puts a period, and never put a period where God puts a comma.’
“Sometimes it looks like God is missing the mark because we are too short-sighted to see what He is aiming for.”
The bottom line is this. I don’t know where you are spiritually, but I hope you can hear this. Lazarus, come out. Put your name in there. God says come out. He died so that we could have life and life more abundantly. You can have that by simply believing, by simply receiving.
I’ll close with this. Jesus says, “I am the resurrection and the life,” then He asks Martha a very pointed question, “Do you believe?” Do you believe? Here’s the good news. Romans 10:9
9 If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Never Give Up on God!
Delayed, but not Denied!
God can Revitalize Dead Dreams!
Taking Away the Stone!
Your Deliverance is tied to Your Faith!
God Wants us to be Free!
Religion without Relationship is Destructive!