Wednesday, March 7, 2012

A Morning Cup of Tea: Lazarus

 Good morning! I'm so sorry I'm late. On the first day of Hubby's weekend things tend to go topsy turvy around here. It takes a little bit to get back on track. 
  Today we are reading chapter 11 of John. This is the account of Lazarus, brother of Mary and Martha. Lazarus was sick, and he was ill enough that his sisters called for Jesus to come. But Jesus stayed where he was for two days before he journeyed to Bethany. He already knew that Lazarus had died, but he was going so that others might see the glory of God and believe.
  When Jesus arrived at the house, Martha came out to meet him, but Mary stayed in the house. Martha showed her faith by telling Jesus that if he had come earlier Lazarus would be alive, but "whatsoever thou wilt ask of the God, God will give it thee." (v22)
  Jesus assured her that Lazarus would rise again, to which she replied she knew that he would in the resurrection. 
  25. Jesus said unto her,  I am the resurrection, and the life; he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
 26. And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
 Martha confessed that she did believe, she believed that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of God.
  Mary wasn't quite as happy to see Jesus as Martha had been. Her sister had to come to her and tell her that Jesus wanted to see her. He was not yet in town, but nearby. Nevertheless, Mary went to him, and cried at his feet. She was very brokenhearted that her brother was dead and told Jesus that if he had been there, Lazarus would not have died.
  Jesus asked to be taken to the burial spot. Jesus wept. He had great love for his friends, Martha and Mary and Lazarus.  At the cave where Lazarus lay, Jesus asked that the stone covering it be moved. Martha wasn't sure what to think because she told Jesus, He's been dead for four days. He stinks by now!
  When the stone was taken away, Jesus prayed to God and then he called in a loud voice:LAZARUS, COME FORTH.
  Lazarus, bound head to foot in burial clothes, came out of the tomb. He was alive once again! Many who witnessed this miracle believed on Jesus. Some went straight to the Pharisees, who decided that Jesus must surely die. They couldn't have all the people believing in Jesus.
   If I hadn't believed that Jesus was the Christ, I think I surely would have believed right then and there, having witnessed a man dead 4 days come out of his grave. I probably would have fainted right there on the spot as well. I can't grasp the emotions that must have been in Martha, Mary, the others who witnessed this, and Lazarus himself.  What are your thoughts on this?    

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