So today I looked at the words of Jesus in the account of Lazarus’s death:
KJV John 11:4, 7, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 34, 35, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44
4 When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.
(Its God’s desire to reveal to us His glory. In our sickness even troubles and weakness, He stands with us. So when we experience these heartbreaking situations, give thanks to God. Its still for our own good)
7 Then after that saith he to his disciples, Let us go into Judaea again. (Jesus never put His interest first. Even though He would have had to face death by the Jews in Judea)
9 Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world.
10 But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him. (Work while it is day for night cometh. He that does not have light in him shall stumble and fall)
11 These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.
14 Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.
(Verse 11,14 clearly a firms that death is a sleep and not a change into another form nor a promotion to glory)
15 And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him.
(Everything the Lord does its for us to believe)
16 Then said Thomas, which is called Didymus, unto his fellowdisciples, Let us also go, that we may die with him.
(Though Thomas would doubt later, he was one who was ready to die with Jesus. May God give us the courage even to face death when persecuted for His name sake)
23 Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.
24 Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.
(Even Martha knew that the dead lie in their graves until the last day when Christ shall come back. The teaching of translation to glory at death is a fable. Not a sure word)
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?
(Jesus is the resurrection and life.)
27 She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.
(Martha affirms her faith in the messiahship of Jesus Christ and further, Him being God)
34 And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see.
35 Jesus wept.
(Jesus is touched with our pain. In fact He knows even from a far off when we are faced with trouble, even death)
39 Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.
40 Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?
(Let us not stand in the way of Christ especially after we have believed. Let us trust the Lord fully and always)
41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.
42 And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.
(If Jesus did nothing without prayer, how much more should we pray before doing anything?)
43 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.
(The word of God has power. Why the do we despair while we have the sure word of God)
44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.
(Surely God wants to free us from the bonds of sin and its death, if we only believe and trust in God)
Today I meditate upon the LOVE of God.