Raised From the Dead

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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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