Today boys and girls heard the story of three siblings from Bethany-- Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. Lazarus was sick and his sisters sent word to Jesus. When Jesus arrived in Bethany, Lazarus had been buried for four days, but Jesus quickly assured Martha that Lazarus would rise again because Jesus is the resurrection and the life. Check out John 11:41-45. Then talk about the questions on the back of this week’s Family Card.
Bible Passage: John 11:1-44
Memory Verse: Revelation 7:10
Bible Verse: John 11:4
Younger Kids Text Truth: God can use our tough times to bring honor to His name.
Jesus and Lazarus
Lazarus lived in Bethany with his sisters, Mary and Martha. Lazarus became sick. Mary and Martha sent a message to Jesus that Lazarus was sick. Jesus heard the message and said, “His sickness will not end with death. This is happening so that God will receive glory and that the Son of God might then receive glory.” Jesus loved Mary, Martha, and Lazarus.
Jesus stayed two more days in the area He was in. Then Jesus announced to His disciples that it was time to go to Judea. “Lazarus
has fallen asleep, but I will wake him up.” Jesus explained Lazarus was dead, but He was glad He had not been there earlier. Now maybe the disciples would believe in Jesus even more.
Jesus traveled to Bethany and arrived after Lazarus had been in the tomb for four days. Many people had come to comfort Mary and Martha. Martha met Jesus. She said, “Lord, if You had come, then Lazarus would not have died. But I know that whatever You ask from God, He will give You.”
Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in Me will live. Those who believe in Me will never die. Do you believe, Martha?”
“Yes. I believe You are the Messiah, the Son of God.” Soon Mary came to Jesus. She was crying and said, “Lord, if You had been here, he would not have died.”
Jesus saw her crying and was terribly upset. They showed Jesus where Lazarus was buried, and Jesus wept. Jesus went to the tomb, a cave with a stone in front of the entrance. He was very upset. “Move the stone away,” He ordered.
Martha protested, “His body has been in there for four days. It will stink.”
Jesus answered her, “Didn’t I say that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” The stone was removed, and Jesus looked up and prayed, “Father, thank You that You have heard Me. I know You always hear Me. Because of the crowd, I have said this aloud so they might believe You sent Me.” Then Jesus shouted, “Lazarus, come out!” Lazarus walked out of the tomb, alive and wrapped in linen.