Intro. Different roads bear different characteristics and features. Some roads are known for their layout; some are known for their speed; others are known for their traffic; and even others are known for their dangers. The Bethany Road has several attributes.
First: WHAT IT IS NOT
It is not a foreign road. This chapter is loved by all Christians.
It is not a final road. This is not the last chapter.
It is not a forsaken road. This is a chapter filled with Christ.
NOW: WHAT IT IS
The Bethany Road Is:
1. A Road of Sorrowful Moments
A. Lifelessness - v. 1-16 (Lazarus is dead) You and I have a Lazarus
B. Loneliness - v. 21 (Lazarus is missed) memories - reminders
C. Lamentation - v. 19;31-33 (Lazarus is mourned)
"With life comes sorrow and grief; "full of trouble" (Job14:1)
2. A Road of Special Ministries
"With trouble comes divine assistance...
A. The ministry of time - "four days" (v. 17) Divine delays heal
B. The ministry of truth - "I Am: (v. 25) Something to hold on to.
C. The ministry of tears - "Jesus wept" (v.35) "touched" (Heb. 4:15)f
3. A Road of Supernatural Manifestations
"The supernatural is seen in that:
A. Jesus overcame death - "he that was dead" v. 44
B. Jesus overcame decay - "loose him" v. 44
C. Jesus overcame detachment - spirit/soul rejoined to body
"If He raised Lazarus, he can bring hope back into our world."
Conclusion: Our youngest daughter, Akaisha, was diagnosed with a tumorous mass taking up to 65-70 percent of her body cavity when she was 14 months old. To say the least, the lights seemed to go out in our world. I know Iím not Martha, and I donít live in Bethany, but when I was at my lowest, these words came alive in my heart, "I am the resurrection and the life." May they live in all of us.
Sermon From Evangelist Tom Hayes