Lord, Bless You!

I am the Resurrection and the Life; he who believes in Me, though he die, yet shall he live

John 11:25
John 11:1-45 or 11:3-7, 17, 20-27, 33-45

Sermon Week/Year

Fifth Sunday of Lent,

Sermon Topic


Jesus, the “Resurrection and the Life,” is the Messiah. Jesus is the Christ. Actually, the two words, “Messiah” and “Christ” have exactly the same meaning. Both are titles, “Messiah” from the Hebrew, “Christ” from the Greek. We acknowledge Jesus as Christ, the Messiah. And it comes as something of a surprise to us when we discover in the Bible that Jesus, at times, didn’t want His followers referring to Him in this way.

If you have studied the Gospels at all you are familiar with this problem — called the “Messianic Secret” by Scripture scholars. Peter was the first disciple to acknowledge openly that Jesus was the promised Messiah. “Who do you say that I am?” he was asked. “You are the Messiah,” Peter answered (Mt. 16:15,16). And then came Jesus’ strange reply in which He strictly charged the disciples to tell no one He was the Christ. Why? What is behind this secret?

The answer is quite simple, actually. The people of…

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