What Jesus Did! 'Wake Up Call' — John 11:7-15

Monday, July 30, 2018

Then Jesus said to his followers, "We should go back to Judea." The followers answered, "But teacher, those Jews in Judea tried to kill you with stones. That was only a short time ago. Now you want to go back there?" Jesus answered, "There are twelve hours of light in the day. Right? If a person walks in the day, then he will not stumble and fall. Why? Because he can see with the light of this world. But when a person walks at night he stumbles. Why? Because there is no light to help him see." After Jesus said these things, he said, "Our friend Lazarus is now sleeping. But I am going there to wake him." The followers answered, "But Lord, if he can sleep, he will be well." Jesus meant that Lazarus was dead. But Jesus' followers thought Jesus meant that Lazarus was really sleeping. So then Jesus said clearly, "Lazarus is dead. And I am glad that I was not there. I am happy for you, because now you will believe {in me}. We will go to him now."
— John 11:7-15 NLT
Illustration of John 11:7-15 NLT — "Lazarus is dead. And I am glad that I was not there. I am happy for you, because now you will believe {in me}. We will go to him now."

Key Thought

Jesus will awaken each of us that belong to him. While death does not sever our relationship with the Lord, he will return one day and summon each of us from our graves. His victory over death at the empty tomb and his triumph over death for Lazarus in this story remind us that at its worst, death is just a restful sleep. He will call us from its clutches and bring us unto himself in glory and victory. We will hear his wake up call and rise for death does not claim us. We died with Christ in baptism so that sin and death no longer have a claim over us. We await the full realization of his resurrection in our lives, but know it will come. We have a wake up call!

Today's Prayer

Father, thank you for a hope that cannot be destroyed by death. Stir the urgency and passion in my heart to live victoriously because of that hope. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 5:25-29
  • Hebrews 9:27-28
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.