Session 11

Jesus, where are you?

From John: A 21-Day Devotional

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John 11

Jesus’ friend Lazarus falls ill, but by the time Jesus reaches Lazarus’ house, it’s too late. Jesus weeps for His friend then raises Lazarus from the dead!

Have you ever wondered about God’s timing? You’re not alone. Some of Jesus’ close friends did, too. When Lazarus became deathly ill, his sisters, Mary and Martha, asked Jesus for help. They knew Jesus was traveling and His ministry was growing, but He was a close friend. Surely He could take a few minutes to heal their brother. But Jesus didn’t show up. Two days later when He arrived, it was too late. Lazarus was dead.

Martha and Mary were not only grief stricken, but deeply troubled by Jesus’ apparent lack of concern. “‘Lord,’ Martha said to Jesus, ‘if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Your brother will rise again’’ (John 11:21–23). Even hearing Jesus’ words, the sisters were probably wondering, “Lord, what are You thinking now?!”

“Whoever lives by believing in me will never die” (John 11:26).

As they traveled to Lazarus’ four-day-old gravesite, Martha questioned Jesus’ timing again. His response to her was clear, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” After thanking God Jesus called out loudly, “Lazarus, come out!” And he did. Lazarus, still wrapped in strips of linen, but fully alive, walked out of the tomb (John 11:38-44). 

Maybe you’ve questioned Jesus’ timing. You knew exactly when He needed to show up and what He needed to do, but it didn’t work out the way you had planned. Even when we don’t understand, He can be trusted.

Isaiah 55:8–9 says, “‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.’”

• What can you learn about Jesus from this chapter?
• Have you ever doubted God’s timing? What did you learn from that situation?
• If you’re unsure about God’s plan or timing in a situation now, would you surrender it to Him? How could trusting God’s timing change your thoughts and attitude about your circumstance?

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Session 1

What if God was one of us?

Jesus was with God when the world was created. He left heaven and entered the earth the way we did — through childbirth. Jesus was human,...

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Session 2

Maybe God is waiting on you

Jesus begins His ministry by turning water into wine at a wedding. A short time later, Jesus goes to Jerusalem for the Passover. When He ...

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Session 3

Are you afraid of the dark?

Nicodemus, a Jewish religious leader, visits Jesus at night to avoid being seen. Jesus tells Nicodemus that only those who believe in Him...

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Session 4

There’s only one way to heal your pain

Jesus meets a Samaritan woman at a well and asks her for a drink. Awed by what Jesus had to say, the woman brought everyone from town to ...

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Session 5

Follow Jesus, not a bunch of rules

Religious leaders get angry when Jesus heals a lame man on the day of rest. They get even angrier when Jesus claims to be God’s Son. For...

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Session 6

Do you have everything you need?

Jesus feeds 5,000 people with five loaves of bread and two fish, walks on water across stormy seas in the middle of the night, and follow...

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Session 7

What to do when friendship hurts

As Jesus becomes more well-known, everyone has an opinion about what He should do next. His brothers ridiculed Him, a crowd calls Him dem...

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Session 8

Who you know matters more than what you know

When religious leaders bring an adulterous woman to Jesus for judgment, it becomes a lesson in not judging others. Jesus goes on to expla...

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Session 9

What has Jesus done for you?

Jesus meets a blind man and heals him with a combination of dirt, spit, and the Holy Spirit. When the man’s neighbors learn about his hea...

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Session 10

Why working harder doesn’t make you happier

Jesus compares Himself to a good shepherd who feeds and cares for His sheep. Tired of Jesus’ metaphors, religious leaders corner Jesus at...

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Session 11

Jesus, where are you?

Jesus’ friend Lazarus falls ill, but by the time Jesus reaches Lazarus’ house, it’s too late. Jesus weeps for His friend then raises Laza...

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Session 12

Would you give it all?

Mary washes Jesus’ feet with perfume. The next day, Jesus rides into Jerusalem on a donkey as crowds praise Him. Jesus explains why He’s ...

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Session 13

This is what forgiveness looks like

Jesus washes His disciples’ feet, and they share one last meal together. Jesus warns Peter about the separation to come, but Peter doesn’...

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Session 14

How to show Jesus you love Him

Jesus gives final instructions to His friends, explaining what they should do when He’s gone and tipping them off about the Counselor who...

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Session 15

Does your life need some pruning?

Continuing His parting words to His friends, Jesus explains that the way to stay connected to God is by following His example. He also wa...

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Session 16

Who is the Holy Spirit?

Jesus teaches His friends about the Holy Spirit and His role in their lives. He also teaches them the power of praying in His name. In t...

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Session 17

Who do you pray for?

Before heading to His death, Jesus stops and prays for Himself, His friends, and all of us who would believe in Him in the future. If yo...

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Session 18

Where do you turn when everything goes wrong?

Religious leaders arrest Jesus and take Him to the high priest for questioning. Peter follows behind and denies knowing Jesus. After hold...

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Session 19

Jesus did what we could not

Jesus is flogged and crucified. He dies on a cross and is buried in a nearby tomb. Right before Jesus took His last breath, He spoke the...

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Session 20

You can start over

Mary Magdalene, one of Jesus’ followers, goes to His tomb only to find that He’s not there! Jesus appears to Mary and several others, ful...

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Session 21

You can come back from that

Jesus appears one more time to His disciples while they are fishing. Jesus reassures Peter and encourages His disciples to always follow ...

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