Hello beautiful souls. How are you all doing? I did a study of John 11 (story of Lazarus) towards the end of 2015. I figured it’s not too late to share it. So kindly read, comment and share. Let’s learn from eachother and help others learn as well.
I got 6 lessons from looking at the story of Lazarus, but will only share 3 today so it wouldn’t be so long. Join us next week to look at the other three lessons. For now, follow me closely.
1. Jesus is a friend: many of us might say, yes, we know Jesus is a friend, but unfortunately, many of us don’t treat him as a friend. Yes, we treat him as a father, the supreme being but we don’t see him as that friend we can talk to casually. That friend that actually really feels our pain and can cry with us. That friend that we can just rest our heads against his shoulders like the disciple he loved did during the pass over feast. In verse three, Lazarus’s sisters sent a message to Jesus that Lazarus the disciple he loved was sick. They sent the message because they know Jesus is supreme and had power to heal. But they also sent it because they know he cares. He is interested in every detail of our lives, not just as a fixer, but also as a friend. As a friend, Jesus wept (verse 35) when he got to Lazarus’s tomb. As the almighty, he might not have wept, but as a friend, he did.
2. Jesus is light: we know there is light and there is darkness. We know Jesus is light for in him was light and the light was the life of men. We know he is light and darkness comprehends him not. We know he has called his children to be lights of the world. A key attribute of Jesus is, he is light. It’s known that not much can be done in the dark. We all want light because light reveals things that darkness can’t. Light enables us work efficiently. Light does a lot of things, but this ordinary light can’t even be compared to the light God gives. We know when Jesus (light) steps in, darkness (representing everything God has not planted in your life) has to step out. In verse 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”. In verse 10, he talked about how a man stumbleth at night cause there is no light. My understanding of this is that for you to walk well in life, for you not to fall in life, for you to live a stress free life full of joy and peace, you need light. And that light is Jesus. So walk in him always so you won’t stumble.
3. Jesus talked faith, not sight: According to Hebrews 11, Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN. Faith means you haven’t yet seen it, but you believe you will see it. So when you talk, you talk like you have already seen it. Jesus said to his disciples, “our friend Lazarus sleepeth, but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep”. Lazarus was dead as we were made to know in verse 14, but Jesus said he was sleeping. Jesus spoke not as he saw, but as he wanted to see. He knew the spiritual controlled the physical and his mouth is one of the connecting agents between the two realms. He knew he could use his mouth to call things that were not as if they were. He could also use his mouth to send the Angels to take back that answer to prayers God already answered because he pronounced negative things. We know out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaketh. So for his mouth to speak as if he has already seen the answers, his heart had to constantly be focused on God. Where your treasure is, your heart will be. His treasure has to continually be God. His heart had to continually be focused on the power of God. His heart has to always be stuffed with the words of God so even when he is under pressure, he will spit out the words of God as he did when Satan tempted him. He knows God has given him powers and that’s why his mouth proclaimed: “this sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the son of man might be glorified thereby” (verse 4).
I hope you have learnt a thing or two from how Jesus handled the whole situation. I look forward to seeing your contributions. Remain awesome loves.0