Raised From the Dead
John 11 vs 25 – 26
“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
A friend told me story of Lazarus a few days ago, the context in which the story was shared brought some insight into some of the things that we sometimes experience or endure. Some experiences can sometimes leave us confused and somewhat dumbfounded and wondering how things turned out the way they did.
The bible says that Lazarus, Mary and Martha were three siblings who were friends to Jesus Christ, the son of God. They enjoyed a close and warm fellowship, and they could confidently count themselves as part of his inner circle of close companions.
They enjoyed freedoms that the average person did not and therefore when Lazarus fell ill they sent word that “Lord the one you love is sick.” The words used showed intimacy or at least a relationship that was above average.
When Jesus got word of the condition of his friend he sent back a message to say, “This will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s son may be glorified through it.”
The story goes that Jesus stayed two more days in the place he was and went on to tell his disciples that Lazarus had fallen asleep and he was going to wake him up. The disciples thought he meant that he had naturally fallen asleep, so to make them understand he plainly said to them, “Lazarus is dead, and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.”
The story goes that by the time Jesus arrived, Lazarus had been dead for four days, When Martha saw Jesus she was quick to say, “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 went on to call Lazarus from his tomb and despite the number of days he had been dead, Lazarus came out alive and walked out of the tomb. It’s interesting that the story can best describe the situations we find ourselves in, hopeless and at a point where everything seems lost.
We are thrust to a place where, like Martha and Mary, we genuinely believe that, had he heard us earlier or had his presence been there, things would not have turned out the way they did.
The world tells us all is lost, it’s not just sleep you are experiencing, it’s death. You start to believe that it’s final, it’s beyond anyone’s intervention and because of the smell that is emanating from the tomb, nothing can be done anymore.
So many things around us discourage us and reaffirm that all is lost yet we forget, like Jesus said, that these circumstances have occurred so that the glory may be granted to Him. So that the world may see Him in action in our lives to further confirm that he is Lord, everything starts and ends through Him.
So many times you have encounters that leave you and the greater world concluding that deliverance could only have been a miracle from Him, and when that happens you and those around you become better believers and draw others to your faith.
You may be experiencing circumstances that appear hopeless, the truth is that wherever you may be, it’s never too late for God to rescue you, nothing is beyond His reach.
Through your circumstances a miracle will occur and yes, in His appointed time all glory will go to Him for having brought life from death. Believe that you can hold Him true to His words and like Lazarus you shall rise from the dead. He is never late, He does what is needed at exactly the right time, where the intended intervention will yield a victory not only for you, but for His kingdom. Be blessed
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