The apex of Jesus’ earthly ministry (before the cross) was raising Lazarus from the dead. (John 11) While He had performed countless spectacular miracles, the resurrection of Lazarus demonstrates His complete power over any situation. Death does NOT deter Jesus. Look at how He responds to His friends request. Lazarus is sick unto death, and Jesus being a close friend of the family, was expected to quickly show up and do what only He can to. But, what does Jesus do? He delays for a few more days!
(Allow me to do my preacher thing and parenthetically insert here: God’s response to your problem is never dictated by your urgency, but it is always tied to His Glory. This is why Grandma always said, “He may not come when you want Him, but He’s always on time!)
By the time Jesus shows up, Lazarus is dead and buried. The funeral was done, and chicken had been put away. Yet Jesus is still the only one who can fix this situation. The way Jesus came for his dead friend Lazarus, is the same way He comes for you! If you think you are too far gone for Jesus to save, please remember these three things :
#1. Jesus comes to give you life. (vs. 39-43)
Jesus told the people to roll away the stone door to the tomb, and boldly calls for Lazarus. Jesus has the power to speak life to dead situations, and He is calling your name. You are not forgotten nor forsaken, so when you hear His voice, get up and live.
#2. Jesus comes to give you freedom. (vs. 44)
After Jesus calls for Lazarus, he gets up and comes out of the tomb. I know we’re supposed to shout for the miracle, but one fact remains: though Lazarus was alive and well, he was still bound from head to toe. Just because you are alive doesn’t mean you are living. Jesus tells the people to loose him. Remember it is Jesus who wants to give us” life more abundantly.” (John 10:10) This kind of living is only found in the freedom that Jesus gives, and that’s priceless.
3. Jesus comes to receive us in fellowship. (John 12:2)
If this had happened in today’s time, Lazarus would have toured the talk show circuit, done magazine interviews, and photo shoots, however the next time we see him he is reclined at the feasting table with Jesus. Jesus doesn’t save us and deliver us just so we can go “live it up” with the world. He has a genuine desire and a vested interest in having a relationship with you. Listen to what Jesus says, ” … I stand at the door. I knock. If you hear me call and open the door, I’ll come right in and sit down to supper with you. Conquerors will sit alongside me at the head table, just as I, having conquered, took the place of honor at the side of my Father…” (Revelation 3:20-21a, The Message Bible).
What Jesus does for us is completely AWESOME! He takes us from death to life, from living to freedom, and from freedom to eternal fellowship with God. Let Him do that for you.
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