Hello beautiful souls. We started looking at the story of Lazarus in John 11 last week. I shared three lessons with you, so I have three more days to share with you today. Kindly read, comment and share.
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4) Jesus was confident about the power he possessed: Jesus knew all the power in heaven and on earth belonged to him. He knew he had the power of life and death in his tongue. He knew he has a name that is above every other name and at his name, every knee (including death) will bow. He also knew that God never fails or disappoints his own. He was very confident about his heritage and that showed in everything he did. He knew nothing is impossible to him that believes and nothing is impossible for God. He drew his confidence from a strong awareness of who God is. An awareness he could only know by sitting at the feet of his father and learning about his father. Martha also knew the power Jesus possessed as she clearly said in verse 23, ‘… Whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee’. But as human, her belief was clouded with sorrow. So though she knew of God’s ability to raise her brother from the dead, her hope was no longer in the present, but in the future. She looked at the future ability of Jesus and not his present ability. She forgot Jesus (God personified) is the present help in time of need. She accepted her present situation and forgot she has someone that can change her present situation. Jesus confidently said: “your brother shall rise again” because he knew indeed there is nothing the father can’t give him. But she said, I know he will rise again on the day of resurrection. Jesus could have said , ‘yes, she is right. My father will raise him up at resurrection’, but he refused to forget who he was and the powers he had. ‘Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet he shall live … And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believeth thou this?’ (Verse 25 – 26). Jesus won’t have said that if he didn’t have confidence in who he was. He drew his confidence from the abilities of his father and the trust he had in him.
5) Jesus always comes through: Jesus intentionally delayed before going to Lazarus. Lazarus had been dead for four days and he was already stinking. But Jesus delayed so the father would be glorified. It pained his heart to delay but he delayed because he knows the later it comes, the better the result. Jesus came through for Lazarus and even when Martha tried to stop Jesus by saying Lazarus’s tomb stinks, Jesus still came through because when he wants to do something for someone, nothing can stop him.
6)Jesus gave thanks: Have you actually noticed that Jesus gave thanks before doing most things? When he wanted to feed the five thousand people, he first gave thanks. Jesus knew the power he had and could have decided to go ahead to wake Lazarus without first thanking the father especially as he was the son of God, but he still gave thanks. Because he knew God was his source and you should always acknowledge your source. And when he was giving thanks in verse 41 – 42, he did it in light of his trust in God that God would always hear him. So faith and gratitude work hand in hand. He wouldn’t have given thanks if he didn’t think God would do it. But he was thanking God for what he knew he would do, though he had not yet seen it. After giving thanks, he spoke to the situation. He said: “Lazarus come forth” (verse 43). Speak to the situation after first thanking God for giving you victory over the situation because you trust the power of his might.0