Jesus enters a scene of death, loss and disappointment. He himself weeps. But there is more going on here, and changes the entire picture to a scene of life and restoration.

Notes And Next Steps

John 11:25-27 + Part 8 of the series “I Am"

The Bigger Picture

Jesus knows that death hurts those it leaves behind.

When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled … Jesus wept … Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. (John 11:33,35,38)

“I am the resurrection and the life.” (John 11:25)

I define life. I calculate it. I give it. I take it away. In all of it, there is not a net loss, but a net gain.

The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25,26)

I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ. (Philippians 3:7-9)


  1. True or False: Grieving is good. What clues do we get from Jesus in John 11? Read 1 Thessalonians 4:13. How would you explain this to a child?
  2. Write a prayer of thanks to God, expressing how Jesus’ resurrection is the bigger picture of his crucifixion. Pray this throughout the week. As you meditate in prayer each day, adjust as your thoughts center on the joyful reality of Easter.
  3. God desires all his children to come to him in times of loss, hurt, and pain. The wonderful news is that we can come just as we are—in the same way as Martha and Mary. Thomas Moore wrote, “Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.” Christian artist David Crowder has captured this phrase in his song, “Come as You Are”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2zhf2mqEMI. Meditate on this song, and share with a friend for encouragement this week.