Podcast Week 6 | John 11-12
DAY 1: John 11:1-37
Stories: Lazarus’ Death
1) Why was Jesus so obscure about Lazarus being dead?
2) Jesus has great emotion over Lazarus, but why did He weep? What was Jesus weeping over?
3) We see here again that the miracle of opening the blind man’s eyes still lingers with people, but Jesus is about to do something far greater.
DAY 2: John 11:38-57
Stories: Lazarus’ Resurrection and “One Should Die”
1) Why did God have Caiaphas, a wicked man, prophesy?
2) Why do they think they can kill Lazarus again after Jesus raised him? Why do they think they can kill Jesus?
DAY 3: John 12:1-11
Stories: Mary Anoints Jesus
1) Odd situation at a dinner party;
2) The cost of this perfume was very great
3) How did John know Judas helped himself to the funds? Did they know this all along, or was it later they figured it out?
4) Plot to kill Lazarus – how insane to plot to kill a man who had been raised from the dead. (How did they find this out, by the way?)
Paradoxes: Jesus gave Judas charge over the money fully knowing he would steal from it. Why would Jesus intentionally allow such a thing to happen?
DAY 4: John 12:12-36
Stories: Triumphant Entry; Voice from Heaven
1) Why did they wave palm branches? Why Hosanna? What did they mean when they said “king of Israel?”
2) Why didn’t Jesus respond to the Greeks’ question?
3) Why was Jesus’ soul troubled? Wasn’t this why He came in the first place? I think this beautifully speaks to the emotions of God – He is not a stoic, emotionless killjoy as many fear, but a feeling, caring God who knows the depths of what we go through.
4) Why did the voice come from heaven?
Paradoxes: The people were right in their understanding that the Messiah would remain forever, so why did Jesus die and go away?
DAY 5: John 12:37-50
Stories: Those who believe in Jesus
1) Why would God prophesy in advance that people wouldn’t believe Jesus’ message? Why would God want to “blind their eyes?” Doesn’t God want everyone to believe? – There is a mysterious way about God in that He creates excuses for people not to believe in Him if they want them. He makes it easy for people to refuse Him if they choose to. Why would He do this?
2) Many leaders believed in Jesus but they loved human praise so they wouldn’t openly accept Him. What a sad statement. In what ways are we exactly the same? In what ways to we honor people instead of God?
3) Everything Jesus said is what the Father commanded Him to say. Why did God have Him say paradoxical things?
Paradoxes: Why does Jesus here say that He didn’t come to judge the world when He said just the opposite in chapter 9? “For judgment I have come into this world…” (John 9:39)