To continue our discussion about the Power we have as believers in Christ Jesus, we will look once again at the story of Lazarus, and how his death and resurrection has an effect on our spiritual life today.
To start with we need to look at the text in the bible where it comes from,
John 11: 17- 37
- 17. On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days.
- 18. Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem,
- 19. and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother.
- 20. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.
- 21. “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died.
- 22. But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”
- 23. Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
- 24. Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”
- 25. Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies;
- 26. and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
- 27. “Yes, Lord,” she told him, “I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.”
- 28. And after she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside. “The Teacher is here,” she said, “and is asking for you.”
- 29. When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him.
- 30. Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him.
- 31. When the Jews who had been with Mary in the house, comforting her, noticed how quickly she got up and went out, they followed her, supposing she was going to the tomb to mourn there.
- 32. When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”
- 33. When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled.
- 34. “Where have you laid him?” he asked. “Come and see, Lord,” they replied.
- 35. Jesus wept.
- 36. Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”
- 37. But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”
To begin with, when Jesus arrived at the place where Mary, Martha and Lazarus lived, he (lazarus) had now been dead for 4 days. Everyone was grieving and feeling the pain of the loss. When someone died in their culture, it became a huge event, where they would wail aloud and many people would gather, to help the family mourn the loss of the loved one. They would also do this for many days.
This is the scene that Jesus walked into. All of these people crying and wailing for the loss of Lazarus, they did not know or understand what was about to happen, so therefore some even said amongst themselves, hey, he healed a blind man, surely he could of saved a sick man!
But remember that Jesus was on a divine Mission, to reveal himself to the people.
When Jesus arrived with the disciples, his own spirit was grieved at the loss of lazarus, he was a man as well as God, so he to felt the full emotions that we do. He even wept, I think that his weeping had a lot to do with his sadness over the loss, as well as the unbelief of the Jews, and that even after all of this time of him revealing himself to the people, they still did not believe that he was who he said he was.
Our reaction to God is not unlike Martha
“Lord,” Martha said to 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.”
We often stand back and say, but Lord if only, I think as humans we have so many if only’s, and for a moment she did not remember the power of Jesus, even though she had seen and been around him as he taught and revealed himself to the people.
We are not unlike Martha, we see the things that God does in our life and at that time we praise him for it, acknowledge that it was him who did it for us, and then another situation arises and we have completely forgotten what he had done for us previously.
But noticed her next sentance, she remembers her faith, and states that she knows that if Jesus asked God he would give Jesus exactly what he asked for. She stated her belief in Jesus, why is this important to point out, well, God says in
- 6. And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
She established her faith in Jesus, just as quickly as she had questioned him and his devotion to her and her brother. God works where faith is evident, she expressed her faith and he was able to then reveal his glory to those around him.
John 11 : 23-27
Jesus then address the all important issue, he establishes his identity and authority by which he can perform miracles. He also established her belief in him, and his ability to do what he said he could do. Martha established her belief in Jesus through her spoken words. This revelation knowledge that Jesus is trully the Son of God, can only be known by someone, if the Lord reveals it to them. Jesus had revealed to her that he trully was the Son of the living God.
Brothers and Sisters in Christ, we as believers have the Power and Authority of Jesus Christ living in us, through the Holy Spirit. But we need to actively believe that Jesus is indeed within us. That His word is true, and that we are able to do all that He says that we can do in and through Him.
We cannot do it on our own, but through the living power and authority of Jesus. Our belief in Jesus will then reveal His glory to the world around us. With the Holy Spirit living within us we can be assured that when we pray to God and ask him for anything, in Jesus name, he will hear us and answer according to His will for us.
His always answers us, we might not always like the answer but he always answers us. God answers our prayers in three ways, with a Yes, Wait and No. Think for a moment of all the things that you prayed for in your life time, and some of the things that you are really glad that you did not get a yes to. God knows what is his best for us, he always answers our prayers, when we pray in faith.
So be encouraged, know that you have the power of the living God, living inside of you, and you really can trust that when you pray and ask for anything, he will always hear you and answer you according to his perfect will for you life.
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