True Love Waited

Jesus’ greatest miracle before His own resurrection was the
resurrection of Lazarus. As we read about it in John 11 we see that
even this was not enough to change the hearts of the some of the
priests and pharisees. Yet Jesus’ earnest desire to communicate
His power to those who would hear was punctuated by His weeping at the
grave of His beloved friend. He was not sorrowing as those who have no hope,
but I believe He was grieving for those who had seen His power previously and
still did not believe!

Why do I say that? That famous and most memorized verse,  John 11:35 “Jesus wept.” was not a mourning for a lost friend which He was about to resurrect, but as He groaned within Himself several times on this occasion I believe that Jesus was grieved over those who had seen more than enough evidence to believe that He had the power to raise the dead and yet that He would never entered their minds.

Jesus planned all of this to show them one more time that He had the power of life in His words. The same word that created all things gave life to Lazarus on that day and bids us come that we too might have it. Do you believe that He can give it? Do you believe that there is anything beyond His power?

The most profound verses I see in this chapter are John 11:5-6, Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6 So, when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was.  Jesus let Lazarus die on purpose so that He could raise him from the dead to show once and for all that He had the power of life in Himself. ONLY GOD has that power. When we receive that life ON GOD gets the glory.

I wonder how many times Jesus has waited two more days in my own life, waited until my situation was hopeless without Him to show me that He cared enough to rescue me in a way that only He could get the glory?

Martha and Mary were not aware of His plan to do so and we see that they questioned His judgment saying, “If you had been here my brother would not have died.” God has a plan and He will get the glory in the end. Though we may question His judgment at times He waits because He loves us and wants to show His power in us.  If we did not have struggles and doubts we would think that we did not need Him. In His mercy He makes opportunities to show us that He cares and that we need Him.

I pray that you get the sense of this as you listen to the message.

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In Christ!


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