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First, ask God to see something you can apply to your life.
Then, read John 11.
Then, write down something you can apply to your life.
Then, read what I wrote:
- Historical -- Jesus hears a prayer to heal Lazarus, purposely delays so Lazarus dies, and raises Kazarus from the dead.
- Doctrinal -- When Jesus said "Lazarus' sickness is not unto death" or "will not end in death", Jesus was saying death for a believer isn't an end/destination: death is step/journey which we will emerge from because of Jesus the Resurrection (verse 4); death is a sleep which Jesus wakes people up from (verse 11); those who believe will live even after dying (verse 25); in that sense a believer never dies (verse 26).
- Inspirational -- Help me at funerals of Jesus' followers to communicate this most important truth to people: with Jesus, you don't have to die!