Share a high and low from the past week.
Finish this sentence: “I am . . . (noun)”—something that describes you, or how you are feeling right now.
John 11:17-26 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Jesus the Resurrection and the Life
17 When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. 18 Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles away, 19 and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother. 20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home. 21 Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.” 23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
Why do you think Jesus might have waited before going to Bethany where he might have been able to keep Lazarus from dying?
Have you ever been disappointed in God, as Martha was disappointed in Jesus?
How has God shown you possibility when you thought all hope was lost?
What does Jesus mean when he says, “I am the Resurrection and the Life”?
Dear God, thank you for your ever-present grace and love. Thank you for the beauty of new life that we see every morning. Even when we are unsure of what will happen next, help us to remember that you are with us, holding us in your hand and loving us no matter what happens. In your son’s name we pray. Amen.
May the Resurrection and Life show us the possibilities in the midst of our struggles and joys.
Share a high and a low from this past week.
Answer this question again: “I am… (noun)”— something that describes you, or how you are feeling right now.
John 14:1-7 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me.2 In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. 4 And you know the way to the place where I am going.”
5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
In what ways is this “I am” saying a passage that
creates controversy? Do you find it controversial? Why or why not?
Think about how many religions are practiced in the Holy Land—and in the rest of the world!
Would Jesus get into a theological debate about whose religion is right and whose is wrong?
What do you think Jesus would say? How would he explain what he meant by, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life?”
Dear God, thank you for working in our lives everyday and allowing us to gather together to learn more about you through your son Jesus Christ. We thank you for the work you have already done in our lives and in the life of this group, and we know you are not yet finished with us. Please be with us as we draw near to you and closer to each other. In your son’s holy name, we pray. Amen.
May the Way, the Truth, and the Life guide us in our faith.
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