Posts tagged ‘Lazarus’

February 2, 2016

The Anointing of the Anointed (John 12:1-8)

Sermons JohnOn Sunday, December 13, 2015, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “The Anointing of the Anointed” from John 12:1-8.

The Messiah, God’s Anointed, receives a royal anointing fit for a King who will be enthroned on a cross for the sins of his people.

1. A Joyous Celebration—A week prior to his Passion, Jesus is honored by a dinner in Bethany, where Martha served, Lazarus reclined with Jesus at table and Mary anointed Jesus’s feet with ointment and dried them with her hair.

2. Lavish Humility—Was it a waste for Mary to anoint Jesus’s feet with such expensive ointment? Perhaps, was it not for her understanding of the inestimable value of her Lord Jesus Christ. Mary humbled herself to make contact with Jesus’s filthy feet to honor the Anointed One by anointing him in a most extravagant way.

Jesus was likewise humble in his willingness to take on human flesh and wade through the filth in the streets of first century Israel, symbolizing his willingness to take on even the spiritual filth of his people and to suffer our death on the cross, for which he deserves similarly extravagant worship from us as well.

Listen to “The Anointing of the Anointed” (John 12:1-8) at mcopc.org.

December 14, 2015

I Am the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:17-27)

Podcast Art JohnOn Sunday, November 22, 2015, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “I am the Resurrection and the Life” from John 11:17-27.

Faith in Jesus Christ takes away our fear of death because he’s the one who raises the dead back to life.

1. Four Days Dead—For the glory of God, it must be undeniable that Lazarus was raised by the power of Christ.

2. Misunderestimation—Despite Martha’s grief, she expresses her faith that Jesus would have healed Lazarus if Jesus had been with them. Martha mistakenly thinks there are limits to Jesus’s ability to raise Lazarus from death.

3. Greater Than Expectation—Not only will God raise all on the Last Day, not only can Jesus raise a man from death who is dead four days, but he can raise one to eternal spiritual life today as well.

Listen to “I am the Resurrection and the Life” (John 11:17-27) at mcopc.org.

November 19, 2015

For God’s Glory, and for Our Good (John 11:1-16)

Sermons JohnOn Sunday, November 8, 2015, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “For God’s Glory and For Our Good” from John 11:1-16.

Lazarus’s deliverance from death was, and your salvation from eternal damnation is, accomplished by Jesus Christ for the glory of the Triune God.

1. Expression of Love—Because of his love for Mary, Martha and Lazarus, Jesus stayed two days longer upon reports that Lazarus was ill. They benefited more by his delay than if he had healed Lazarus immediately.

2. Walking in the Day—Jesus knows there’s no safer plae for him to be than right where the Father planned for him to be. The divine nature of Jesus knows his Father’s secret will. There was still time for Jesus to work.

3. For Your Sake, For God’s Glory—Jesus wants his disciples to have true faith in him. His delay in going to Lazarus was for their spiritual good. Sometimes for the sake of God’s glory, people must endure suffering.

Listen to “For God’s Glory and For Our Good” (John 11:1-16) at mcopc.org.