Light of the World - John 11:45-57

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On Sunday Glen Taylor shared about the raising of Lazarus, and particularly about how Jesus is present and weeps with us in our sufferings. Today’s passage gives an account of the response of the people. But first we will review what we’ve read so far.

Opening Discussion:

If you could go back in time and be present for one of the stories we have read so far in John, what would it be and why?

Looking at Scripture:

On Sunday we looked at the final of seven “signs” that John has narrated, powerful miracles that Jesus performed that were meant to point to deeper realities. Skim back through what we have read so far, starting at chapter 2 (v. 11 describes it as the “first sign”). List the signs below, and what you think they were meant to “point toward” or reveal about Jesus.

Sign Meaning








What is the overall effect of these seven signs? What kind of picture are we supposed to get about who Jesus is?

Read John 11:45-57.

Clearly after the amazing miracle of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead, excitement about him would have spread like wildfire. But once again, the religious leaders rain on the parade. What is it that they are so concerned about that they cannot recognize the Messiah in their midst?

What is ironic about what Caiaphas said about Jesus, and how it was to come true? What does this teach us about who God can use and how he can work?

In response to the negative attention and threat on his life, Jesus withdraws to a place “near the wilderness.” Why did he withdraw when he knew he was going to die anyway? What kinds of things does the wilderness stand for in the Bible (scan the New Testament results of an online Bible search for the word wilderness)?

John ends this chapter talking about Passover, with people wondering if Jesus will come during the feast. How is the story John is telling intimately connected with the meaning of Passover?


How does this passage (and the seven signs) affect our lives today? How should we live differently in light of the account John has given?