Once a year we stop and consider his murder. No death in history has received as much attention as his. And, once a year we stop and consider how he awoke from the dead and walked out of the grave. But there are way more reasons for us to stop and talk about Jesus for a few weeks. Let me give some reasons why we need to fixate on Him from time to time:
Jesus existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together. Colossians 1:17
In the beginning, Jesus already existed. Jesus was with God, and Jesus was God. John 1:1
For in Jesus Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body. Colossians 2:9
For there is only one God and one mediator who can reconcile God and humanity - the man Christ Jesus. 1 Timothy 2:5
There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12
Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through him. John 14:6
Jesus is everything. There is no one more important to the world than Jesus. There is no one more important to your life than Jesus.
Your birth was initiated by him
Your existence is dependent on him
Your calling bestowed on you by him
Your identity is bound up in him
Your meaning is defined by him
Your security is founded in him.
Your eternity is accessible through him
Jesus is all the world to you. Jesus is the alpha and the omega of your life. Jesus is everything.
11 A man named Lazarus was sick. He lived in Bethany with his sisters, Mary and Martha. 2 This is the Mary who later poured the expensive perfume on the Lord's feet and wiped them with her hair.[a] Her brother, Lazarus, was sick. 3 So the two sisters sent a message to Jesus telling him, ""Lord, your dear friend is very sick.""
4 But when Jesus heard about it he said, ""Lazarus' sickness will not end in death. No, it happened for the glory of God so that the Son of God will receive glory from this."" 5 So although Jesus loved Martha, Mary, and Lazarus, 6 he stayed where he was for the next two days. 7 Finally, he said to his disciples, ""Let's go back to Judea.""br />
8 But his disciples objected. ""Rabbi,"" they said, ""only a few days ago the people[b] in Judea were trying to stone you. Are you going there again?""
9 Jesus replied, ""There are twelve hours of daylight every day. During the day people can walk safely. They can see because they have the light of this world. 10 But at night there isdanger of stumbling because they have no light."" 11 Then he said, ""Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but now I will go and wake him up.""
12 The disciples said, ""Lord, if he is sleeping, he will soon get better!"" 13 They thought Jesus meant Lazarus was simply sleeping, but Jesus meant Lazarus had died.
14 So he told them plainly, ""Lazarus is dead. 15 And for your sakes, I'm glad I wasn't there, for now you will really believe. Come, let's go see him.""
16 Thomas, nicknamed the Twin,[c] said to his fellow disciples, ""Let's go, too, and die with Jesus.""
17 When Jesus arrived at Bethany, he was told that Lazarus had already been in his grave for four days. 18 Bethany was only a few miles[d] down the road from Jerusalem, 19 and many of the people had come to console Martha and Mary in their loss. 20 When Martha got word that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him. But Mary stayed in the house. 21 Martha said to Jesus, ""Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask.""
23 Jesus told her, ""Your brother will rise again.""
24 ""Yes,"" Martha said, ""he will rise when everyone else rises,at the last day.""
25 Jesus told her, ""I am the resurrection and the life.[e] Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. 26 Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?""
27 ""Yes, Lord,"" she told him. ""I have always believed you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who has come into the world from God."" 28 Then she returned to Mary. She called Mary aside from the mourners and told her, ""The Teacher is here and wants to see you."" 29 So Mary immediately went to him.
30 Jesus had stayed outside the village, at the place where Martha met him. 31 When the people who were at the house consoling Mary saw her leave so hastily, they assumed she was going to Lazarus's grave to weep. So they followed her there. 32 When Mary arrived and saw Jesus, she fell at his feet and said, ""Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died.""
33 When Jesus saw her weeping and saw the other people wailing with her, a deep anger welled up within him,[f] and he was deeply troubled. 34 ""Where have you put him?"" he asked them.
They told him, ""Lord, come and see."" 35 Then Jesus wept. 36 The people who were standing nearby said, ""See how much he loved him!"" 37 But some said, ""This man healed a blind man. Couldn't he have kept Lazarus from dying?""
38 Jesus was still angry as he arrived at the tomb, a cave with a stone rolled across its entrance. ""Roll the stone aside,"" Jesus told them.
But Martha, the dead man's sister, protested, ""Lord, he has been dead for four days. The smell will be terrible.""
40 Jesus responded, ""Didn't I tell you that you would see God's glory if you believe?"" 41 So they rolled the stone aside. Then Jesus looked up to heaven and said, ""Father, thank you for hearing me. 42 You always hear me, but I said it out loud for the sake of all these people standinghere, so that they will believe you sent me."" 43 Then Jesus shouted, ""Lazarus, come out!"" 44 And the dead man came out, his hands and feet bound in graveclothes, his face wrapped in a headcloth. Jesus told them, ""Unwrap him and let him go!""
45 Many of the people who were with Mary believed in Jesus when they saw this happen. 46 But some went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. 47 Then the leading priests and Pharisees called the high council[g] together. ""What are we going to do?"" they asked each other. ""This man certainly performs many miraculous signs. 48 If we allow him to go on like this, soon everyone will believe in him. Then the Roman army will come and destroy both our Temple[h] and our nation."" -John 11:1-48
He looks at you and he says - I am the resurrection and the life. I am the glory of God. What do you want your relationship with him to be?