October 2012 - JESUS – the greatest friend of all - part 1

Read together John chapter 11; 1 - 43.

What do we do when we meet a crisis in our lives? Very often we contact someone we know, someone who
means a lot to us, and whom we hope will be together with us in the crisis. A little family - three siblings - in
John's gospel chapter 11 had many neighbours and friends who cared about them, but they had a friend who
was the greatest of all. Jesus was a friend in a category of his own. The sisters sent for Jesus, "Lord, the one
whom you love is sick". We also read about how Jesus wept at the grave of Lazarus, and people said, "See
how much Jesus loved Lazarus". Jesus cared about people.

1. Cor 1; 9: "God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord."
- In this fellowship, Jesus is always the Greatest.
- It is a personal fellowship. He lives by faith in my heart.
- If I feel I love little, His love is there even so.
- If I am faithless, He is faithful.
- If I don't contribute as I should, His grace is sufficient.

His love reaches to the whole world, and each person is the very reason he left the glory of heaven and
became man. (Joh.3, 16-17) "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son...» In religion,
man takes initiative towards the divine. In Christianity, God the Father Himself takes the initiative.

For discussion:
What does it mean for your relationship to Jesus that He is the one who took the initiative? What is the
consequence of this on the way your live your Christian life?

Martha and Mary counted on Jesus. In the darkness of the situation they were in, they sent for their greatest
friend, Jesus. But Jesus waits before coming.....

For discussion:
1) Why did Jesus let Lazarus die?
Jesus wanted to show them more of Himself. He is the resurrection and the life. He is Lord over death. He is
God's Son!
2) Has Jesus "arrived too late" in your life?



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