In today’s Bible discussion I want to talk about Love, more specifically how Jesus loved. One story that is a great example of Jesus’s love is the story of Lazarus.
How do you know if someone loves you?
*Is it an emotion or an action?
Let’s take a look at John 11 verses 1-8 ” Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair. So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.” When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. Yet when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days. Then he said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.” “But Rabbi,” they said, “a short while ago the Jews tried to stone you, and yet you are going back there?”
- What stands out in this verse?
- What do you find significant that even though Jesus was being threatened that he still decided to go back to Bethany?
- What connection do you find here between Love and convenience and how does it correlate with our lives as disciples?
John 11:32-36 ” When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. “Where have you laid him?” he asked. “Come and see, Lord,” they replied. Jesus wept. Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” What did you find interested about Jesus weeping Mary and the people that was there?
What do you think it said about how we should love one another?
In John 11:43-44 Jesus later bring him back alive …
Romans 13:9-10 ” The commandments, “Do not commit adultery,” “Do not murder,” “Do not steal,” “Do not covet,” and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: “Love your neighbor as yourself. “Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. What does that mean to you that it said ‘love your neighbor as yourself?
And how does that dictate the way we should love one another as disciples?