As believers in Jesus Christ we have been given the power of God, that power is not for us, to make us feel good and have the warm and fuzzy feelings that it can bring on, that power that God has given us, is for the body of Christ. Jesus Christ gave christians power so that we can show the world around us that He loves them. That He sent His son, Jesus Christ to die for all of our sins.

In order for us to exersise this power we first need to see how Jesus himself exercised this power and what effect it had on the people around him.

John 11: 1-16

  • The Death of Lazarus
    • 1. Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.
    • 2. This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair.
    • 3. So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.”
    • 4. When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.”
    • 5. Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.
    • 6. Yet when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days.
    • 7. Then he said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.”
    • 8. “But Rabbi,” they said, “a short while ago the Jews tried to stone you, and yet you are going back there?”
    • 9.  Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? A man who walks by day will not stumble, for he sees by this world’s light.
    • 10. It is when he walks by night that he stumbles, for he has no light.”
    • 11. After he had said this, he went on to tell them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.”
    • 12. His disciples replied, “Lord, if he sleeps, he will get better.”
    • 13. Jesus had been speaking of his death, but his disciples thought he meant natural sleep.
    • 14. So then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead,
    • 15. and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.”
    • 16. Then Thomas (called Didymus) said to the rest of the disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”

    The first thing that I want to point out is that Jesus, told the disciples that Lazarus’s death would not end in death. How would He know that? In the Gospels of  Matthew, Mark, Luke and John we are told that  Jesus often went away by himself to pray. It does not always tell us exactly what Jesus prayed for but we know that he was refreshed and empowered by those times.

    The same principle is true for us, when we go to a quiet spot, and unplugg ourselves from our busy lives and  talk to God, he promises that through the Holy Spirit he will reveal His will to us, about all things. So when Jesus said to his disciples that the sickness and death of Lazarus would not end in death, he knew that to be true, as He had spent time with God.

    He also told his disciples that this was for God’s glory that this was happening to Lazarus. Imagine the look on their faces, there were probably confused by these words of Jesus. This passage of scripture tells us that Jesus really loved Martha, Mary and Lazarus, and he cared about them and their welfare, but he still waited for 2 days, after he had gotten the news.

    Why wait that long? Remember  that this would end with God being glorified.

    We have to understand that Jesus, is fully God, who was represented to the world as a man, therefore as a man he wept, laughed and felt all the same kinds of emotions that we do. He knew that Lazarus was sleeping, but the disciples who had limited understanding, thought that he was just literally sleeping, but the truth was, that he was actually dead.

    Through the revelation of God, Jesus knew the outcome of this situation. Eventually Jesus tells the disciples that Lazarus is actually dead.  Jesus tells the disciples that he is glad that they were not there when he was dying.

    Why would Jesus tell his disciples that he was glad that they were not there?

    Well think about this, if Jesus was there when Lazarus was sick, he would of been asked to heal him, which he could of done, but Jesus wanted to reveal to his disciples in a deeper way that he trully was the Son of God. Jesus could of also just spoken the words and lazarus would of been healed as well.

    The disciples could not understand why Jesus would want to go back to a place where they were trying to kill him. Jesus was on a divine mission. He was about to reveal his glory to all those around him.

    We to have been given a divine Mission, and that is to reflect God to all the people that we come in contact with. We have the power and glory of God living in each one of us, and are therefore more than capable of fullfilling this divine mission that God has given us to fullfill.

    The enemy would have us believe that we are not capable, or that we have nothing to offer the people, or that because we are not in a foreign country talking to the natives we cannot truly be a “missionary to the people” .

    The truth of the matter is this, because we have been given the power of God and his glory we are more than capable of doing anything that God has set before us to do. Whatever you have gone through in your life, wherever you have seen God at work in your life, you can use all of those experiences to show God to a hurting, dying world.

    Be encouraged and strenghtened, and know that God would not have placed all of himself into you if he did not have a plan for your life. Reflect him therefore in everything that you do.

    You can find the second part of this article here.

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