52~More About “Portals of Paradise”

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BACKGROUND FOR THIS EPISODE

(In Order of Appearance)

NEW TESTAMENT OF THE BIBLE:
  • John 10:22-24 – It was winter. The time came for the Feast of Dedicationa in Jerusalem. 23Jesus was walking around in the temple courtyard next to Solomon’s Porch. 24Some Jewish leaders gathered around him. They kept asking him, “How much longer will you make us wait? If you are the Messiah, tell us clearly!”
  • John 10:30 – “My Father and I are united.”
  • John 10:33 – They answered him, “We are going to throw rocks at you, not for any good work, but because you said some evil things against God! You are only a man, yet you are making yourself God!”
  • John 10:31 – Again, some Jewish leaders picked up stones to throw at Jesus and kill him.  
  • John 1:1, 14 – In the beginning was the Word,a and the Word was with God, and the Word was deity.b …14The Word became human and lived among us for a while. We saw his glory, the kind of glory like that of the Father’s one and onlyc Son—full of gracious love and truth. 
  • John 10:40 – Jesus went back across the Jordan River to the place where John was first immersing people. Jesus stayed there. 
  • Luke 13:31-34
  • Luke 15 and 16
  • John 11:3 – The two sisters sent a message to Jesus saying, “Lord, listen, your good friend, Lazarus, is very sick!”
  • John 11:1 – A man named Lazarus was very sick. He and his sisters, Mary and Martha, were from the village of Bethany. 
  • Romans 8:37-39
  • John 11:4  When Jesus heard this, he said, “This sickness will not end in death. Instead, it will be for God’s glory. This will be used to give glory to the Son of God.”
  • John 11:17 – When Jesus came, he found that Lazarus had been put in the grave four days before. 
  • John 11:9-14 – Jesus answered, “There are twelve hours in a day. Someone who is walking in the daytime does not stumble; he sees the light in this world. 10But a person may stumble when he walks at night because he has no light.” 11After Jesus said these things, he told them this: “Our good friend Lazarus is asleep, but I will go wake him up.” 12Then Jesus’ followers said to him, “Lord, he will be all right if he’s asleep.” 13(Jesus was talking about the death of Lazarus. They thought Jesus was talking about natural sleep.) 14Then Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus has died! 
  • John 11:7-8 – After that, Jesus said to his followers, “Let us go back to the land of Judea.” 8Jesus’ followers said to him, “But Rabbi, the Jewish leaders are now trying to stone you to death! Do you want to go there again!?”
  • John 11:16-18,27 – Thomas (called The Twin) said to the other followers, “Let us go, too, so that we can die with him!” 17When Jesus came, he found that Lazarus had been put in the grave four days before. 18The village of Bethany was near Jerusalem, less than two miles away…27Martha said to him, “Yes, Lord. I still believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who comes into the world!”
  • John 11:19 – Many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them over their brother’s death. 
  • John 11:28-40 – After Martha said these things, she went back and secretly called Mary, her sister, telling her, “The Teacher is here; he is calling for you.” 29When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to Jesus. 30Jesus had not yet come into the village. He was still at the place where Martha had met him. 31Some Jews were with Mary in the house, comforting her. When they saw Mary stand up quickly and leave, they followed her. They thought she was going to Lazarus’ grave, to cry some more there. 32When Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she fell down at his feet. She said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died!” 33Jesus saw her crying and the Jews who had come with her crying, too. He felt very sorry and deeply moved. 34Jesus said, “Where have you put Lazarus?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” 35Tears came to his eyes. 36Then the Jews said, “Look how much Jesus loved Lazarus!” 37But some of them said, “This man was able to open the blind man’s eyes. Couldn’t he have kept Lazarus alive?” 38When Jesus came to the grave, again he was deeply moved in his heart. It was a cave with a large stone placed in front of it. 39Jesus said, “Take the stone away!” Martha, the dead man’s sister, said to him, “Lord, this is the fourth day; there is already a bad smell!” 40Jesus said to her, “I told you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God.” 
  • Matthew 28:2-3 – Suddenly, there was a great earthquake. An angel of the Lord came down from heaven. He went to the large stone and rolled it away. Then the angel sat on top of it. 3His appearance was shining like lightning. His clothes were as white as snow. 
  • John 11:41-43 – Then they took the stone away. Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “O Father, I am thankful that You are listening to me. 42I know that You always listen to me, but I said this because of the crowd which is standing here. I want them to believe that You sent me.” 43After Jesus said this, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus! Come out!”
  • John 19:39 – Nicodemus came, too. (Earlier he had come to Jesus at night.f) He mixed myrrh and aloesg together and brought about 75 pounds of it. 
  • John 11:44-53 – The dead man came out. Lazarus’ hands and feet were bound with pieces of cloth. His face was wrapped with a handkerchief. Jesus said to them, “Untie him and let him go.” 45Many Jews had come to visit Mary. They saw the things which Jesus did. They believed in him. 46But some of them went off to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. 47The most important priests and the Pharisees called a meeting. They asked each other, “What are we going to do? This man is performing many miracles! 48If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him. Then the Romans will come and take us away—our holy place and our nation.” 49One of them was Caiaphas. He was the high priest that year. He said to them, “You know nothing! 50Don’t you think it would be better for one man to die for the people, than for the whole nation to be destroyed?” 51(Caiaphas did not say this on his own. But, since he was the high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus was about to die for the Jewish nation. 52And not only for them, but also so that all God’s scattered children might be gathered together into one people.) 53From that day forward, they plotted to kill Jesus.
OLD TESTAMENT OF THE BIBLE:
  • Job 19:26-27 – Even after my skin rots in the ground,I will still see Godh away from my flesh.27I will see Him for myself.Yes, my own eyes will behold Him, a Friend.Oh how my heart within me yearns for that to happen!

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