For Our Young People

The Resurrection of Lazarus

Instructions: Do this exercise in quiet surroundings. As you read the scriptures, imagine that you are part of the event. Visualize the scene. Hear the voices. Feel the emotions of the main characters.

ANALYZE THE SCENE.​—READ JOHN 11:1-45.

What emotion(s) do you see in Martha when you read verse 21 and in Mary when you read verse 32?

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How do you visualize Jesus’ display of strong emotion as described in verses 33 and 35?

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Try to imagine what it would have been like to experience what is recorded in verses 43 and 44​—both from Lazarus’ point of view and from the viewpoint of the others who were present.

DIG DEEPER.

Bethany would be a two-day journey from where Jesus was. So why did Jesus decide to delay? (Reread verse 6.)

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How does the Bible indicate that both Mary and Martha were interested in spiritual things? (Luke 10:38, 39; John 11:24)

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Why did Jesus resurrect people even though they would only die again? (Mark 1:41, 42; John 5:28, 29; 11:45)

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APPLY WHAT YOU LEARNED. WRITE DOWN WHAT YOU LEARNED ABOUT . . .

Jesus’ ability and willingness to raise the dead.

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The depth of Jesus’ compassion for those who are grieving.

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WHOM WOULD YOU LIKE TO MEET OR BE REUNITED WITH IN THE RESURRECTION?

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WHAT ASPECT OF THIS ACCOUNT IS MOST MEANINGFUL TO YOU, AND WHY?

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