023605 Finding God in the mysteries of every day-Free Devotional
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John 11:14 Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead. (KJV)
Concerning Lazarus we are confronted with one of the most confounding events in Jesus’ sojourn prior to the crucifixion. They were friends dearly beloved of Jesus this man and his sisters, Martha, and Mary. Yet Lazarus was not one of the 12. We have no understanding of how they came to be friends. We have no understanding of why Jesus would “call Lazarus out from the tomb” except that it may have been a mercy to the sisters who could not have gotten along very well without their brother in that impoverished region.
There are, however. many lessons to be learned from the telling of this event in Jesus life. First and foremost is the power over life and death given into the hands of Jesus. That His word would call forth a man dead three days and more from the tomb is something we must come to grips with. Second there is the love and mercy element rising to a crescendo from agony to joy for the sisters and Jesus Himself. Third there is the notoriety of Jesus as so many came from Jerusalem to gawk at the man raised from the dead. Many of these would be marching along with Jesus as he approached the Jerusalem gates in a very short time. Just a few of the lessons to be found in these short scriptures.
So, what does this mean for you and I. First it is the fact that God’s will, will be accomplished no matter what. Second, Jesus has in His hands the power over life and death. Third, that people will be attracted to the visible change in you and I as we draw close to Jesus.