What constitutes a miracle to you? How about raising a dead man to life? Of course! Did you know that miracle is available to us as well? That’s what Lauren Daigle sings about in her song, “Still Rolling Stones.” We learn straight from the words of Jesus in this episode.
Explore a familiar story with me in John 11.
In this week’s episode, I discuss:
- Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture – this week’s Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include:
- Read in a variety of translations
- Write in your Bible
- Reading the account of Christ’s resurrection in all four gospels
- Choosing the rolling stone incident in John 11 – John 11:39
- Why I use the English Standard Version to study – Bonus article by Wayne Grudem
- Letting things “rise to the surface” by reading repetitively
- Doing the work of interacting with God’s Word to get results
- Focusing on what we DO understand before getting thrown off by what we don’t understand in a text
- Exploring some “so” and “so that”s in the text
- Lazarus’ illness was for God’s glory SO THAT the Son of God may be glorified – John 11:4
- Jesus loved the sisters and Lazarus, so he waited to go meet them in their grief – John 11:5
- Jesus was glad he wasn’t there so that they would believe – John 11:14-15
- Recognizing that we don’t always know God’s motive and big-picture plan (even though we often ascribe motive to Him anyway)
- Exploring exactly what Jesus wanted us to “believe” since he said it six of the nine times it was mentioned in this chapter – John 11:25-26
- Stepping out in faith to believe Jesus so that we too can be called from death to eternal life
- Recognizing that there were people who witnessed this miraculous event and still chose not to believe
It’s REALLY, REALLY important to Jesus that you believe in Him. THAT is what leads to eternal life. He want to roll the stone away from your life.
Enjoy the official music video of this song below.
More Than a Song Playlist
- Lyrics and chords – Essential Worship
- The Advantages of the English Standard Version (ESV) Translation – by Wayne Grudem (on the translation team of the ESV Bible) – online article
Read John 11. Read John 11 several times and in several translations. Mark in your Bible, or print out a version you feel comfortable marking up and highlight the areas where the word “believe” is used. That is the theme I don’t want you to miss. Explore the conjunction “so” and ponder the reason and explanation clauses surrounding it.