Trusting God for an Impossible Victory
5 When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, Pharaoh and his servants had a change of heart toward the people, and they said, “What is this we have done, that we have let Israel go from serving us?” 6 So he made his chariot ready and took his people with him; 7 and he took six hundred select chariots, and all the other chariots of Egypt with officers over all of them. 8 The Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and he chased after the sons of Israel as the sons of Israel were going out boldly. 9 Then the Egyptians chased after them with all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, his horsemen and his army, and they overtook them camping by the sea, beside Pi-hahiroth, in front of Baal-zephon. 10 As Pharaoh drew near, the sons of Israel looked, and behold, the Egyptians were marching after them, and they became very frightened; so the sons of Israel cried out to the Lord.” (Exodus, 14:5-8, ESV)
God’s people are not immune from the problems of a sin cursed world!
“13 But Moses said to the people, “Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever. 14 The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent. 15 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to Me? Tell the sons of Israel to go forward.” (Exodus 1413-14, ESV)
“Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord.” (Psalm 27:14, ESV)
15 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to Me? Tell the sons of Israel to go forward.”
Israel trusted God for Impossible Victory!!
30 Thus the Lord saved Israel that day from the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. 31 When Israel saw the great power which the Lord had used against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord, and they believed in the Lord and in His servant Moses.” (Exodus 14:30-31, ESV)
“14 But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord, I say, “You are my God.” 15 My times are in Your hand; Deliver me from the hand of my enemies and from those who persecute me.” (Psalm 31:14-15, ESV)
Trusting God for an Impossible Victory
Sunday’s sermon was about impossible victory. The most impossible of all victories that we can ever observe is that of our salvation through the resurrected Christ! The resurrection is a hard concept to grasp, especially for non-believers, because it’s contrary to our human existence. We know that as humans there is no way to undo or defeat death. That is why non-believers balk at the idea of a resurrection. But the essence of their objection is precisely why the resurrection is necessary. We cannot undo/defeat death; that’s why CHRIST had to come, to do it for us! Tonight, in our group study, we will look at two passages where JESUS teaches about the resurrection, one passage concerning his friend Lazarus and another about Christ’s own resurrection. Both provide victory in seemingly impossible situations.
We see, in John 11, a man named Lazarus that was deeply loved by his family and friends. Scripture records their reaction to his death as brokenness and mourning. They were disappointed that JESUS did not arrive in time to save him! No doubt they would have done whatever they could to bring him back…but to them it was not an option…death was final! Little did they know that GOD had a plan…and it was for His glory! Read John 11:1-27 aloud as a group:
1. In v.4 Jesus says, “the illness does not lead to death…so that the Son of GOD may be glorified through it." How was JESUS glorified through Lazarus’ death?
2. What do we see about the disciples in vv.11-15?
3. What do we see about Mary in vv.23-24?
4. What promises can you see in vv.25-26?
5. Read 1 Corinthians vv.15:53-57 and discuss as a group!
Victory over death for Lazarus is Amazing—but it was only a shadow of what was to come. It only saved Lazarus. But when the shadow gave way to reality (being Jesus’ resurrection), it was not just Jesus being saved from death; Jesus’ resurrection would save all those who would believe in Christ and preserve for them the most impossible of all victories—victory over sin!