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Lazarus, Come out!

Today, my Bible reading was John 11:1-44

My first amazing insight came from verse 5, about Martha and not Lazarus. It gladdened my heart because I am so much like Martha.

Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.”

Martha – concerned with many “things,” irritated, jealous, self-pitying Martha; Jesus loved her. Bossy, critical, no-time-for-sitting-and-listening-to-Jesus-because-of-all-the-things-that-needed-to-be-done Martha; Jesus loved her. Martha – resentful, accusing Jesus of not loving them enough to come to them in their need; Jesus loved her. Prickly, unyielding, yet willing to believe and obey Martha; Jesus LOVED her. He loved Martha!

(But Martha will have her day in John 12.)


So a certain man, Lazarus of Bethany, was ill and his sisters sent to Jesus to come help (heal) him.  Jesus told his disciples that Lazarus’ illness did not lead to death, but that it was for the glory of God, so that the Son of God would be glorified through it.  And He lingered by the Jordan River for TWO MORE DAYS.

Then he told his disciples, “Let us go to Judea again. Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep and I go to awaken him.”

Hey, he’s sleeping, he must be getting better, thought his disciples.

Nope. Jesus said plainly, “Lazarus has died, and for YOUR sakes I’m glad that I was not there, so that you may believe.”

Martha met Jesus as they were coming. “Lord, IF YOU HAD BEEN HERE my brother would have not died!”

“But… even now,” she conceded, “I know that whatever You ask from God, God will give you.”

Jesus: “Your brother will rise again.”

“Yes, I know he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.”

Jesus: I AM the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he dies, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die”

How would Martha, in mourning for her little brother, respond to this?

In faith. “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.”

Then, seeing their sorrow & weeping, and the compassion & question of their fellow mourners, Jesus came to the tomb.  “Take away the stone.”

Practical, realist Martha said, “Lord by this time he stinks for he has been dead four days!

lazarus3b“Didn’t I tell you that if you believed you would see the Glory of God?”

So… Martha told them to take away the stone.

After looking to heaven and thanking His Father… Jesus shouted, “LAZARUS, COME OUT!”

And the dead man heard and came out, his hands and feet bound with linen burial strips.

“Unbind him, and let him go,” said the Creator and Sustainer of life.

Oh, Lord, command that I be unbound too, from worldliness, from love of things, from selfishness, self-righteousness, vainglory and pride! Jesus, command that I be let go, freed from these things that weigh me down and keep me from abundant life in You!

(Hmm…were Lazarus’ hands and feet bound individually? Were they bound tight together like a mummy? Did Lazarus rise as a single form and… float out???)

Regardless of how, Lazarus HAD to obey Christ’s command. And if Jesus had not specifically named Lazarus, ALL the dead would have come forth from the tombs!

And one day they will.

I Thessalonians 4:16 says of Jesus’ second coming, “The Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command… And the dead in Christ will rise!”

O glorious day!


Colossians 2:13-14: “When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our trespasses by canceling out the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.”

John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him, shall not perish, but have everlasting LIFE.”

For victory over death and the grave, and for eternal life, thank You, Jesus!


Mother’s Day

My Bible reading today was so appropriate to MOTHER’S DAY. (Thank you, God!)  It was from John 2:1-12

Jesus, with five of his new disciples and his mother Mary, attended a wedding in Cana. They were probably family or close friends with the couple.

Towards the end of the ceremony the wine ran out (a BIG no-no). Mary went to Jesus for help. For maybe 15 years she had been depending on her oldest son to “take care of things” since she was probably a widow by then. It was “natural” for her to do so now.

But Jesus, at 30, had just embarked on “His Heavenly Father’s Business,” his mission as the Messiah and Savior (sin-sacrifice) for his people. Perhaps Mary didn’t know about his recent 40 days of fasting in the wilderness, or his baptism, or the sign of the Holy Spirit descending on him, or John the Baptist calling him “the Lamb of God.”

She only knew Jesus was her son and he could somehow (she may not have expected a miracle) take care of this embarrassing family problem.

But the time had come to set things straight. Jesus firmly, but tenderly, let his mother know that their relationship had changed. She would now have to depend on her other sons for physical help. He had different work to do.

Perhaps not understanding, she nevertheless told the servants to do what he said. Jesus, honoring his mother (the 6th commandment), performed a miracle, changing the water in several large pots into premium wine.

John calls this the FIRST SIGN (out of 8) that would be Jesus’ credentials as the Messiah, the Son of God.

Steve Hanks ArtworkAFTER THE WEDDING, verse 12 says that Jesus, his disciples, his brothers, AND HIS MOTHER went down to Capernaum for a few days.

I wonder if during this time Jesus tenderly reminded Mary of what the angel had told her and Joseph before he was born – that he was the Son of God, and that his mission was to be the Savior of his people.

Did Mary remember her own words to the angel, “I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word?” [i]

Did Mary then remember old Simeon’s prophetic words to her when they went to the Temple to dedicate Jesus?  “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is (violently) opposed, AND A SWORD WILL PIERCE THROUGH YOUR OWN SOUL ALSO, so that thoughts from many hearts will be revealed.” [ii]

Was she now beginning to feel that sword pricking her soul as she watched Jesus withdraw from her and begin to fulfill his Heavenly mission?

Did Mary’s thoughts also revisit that panic time in Jerusalem, when she and Joseph had searched for the 12-year-old Jesus, finally –after three days – finding him in the temple sitting among the teachers, listening to them, asking them questions, and amazing all who heard at his answers.

Did she remember his words?  “Know you not that I must be about my Father’s business?” [iii]

It must have been HARD for her to let “her boy” go. To become his servant instead of his mother. To finally believe in him as the Savior of the world…. as HER own savior.

A further shock came to her when shortly after this time in Capernaum they went to Jerusalem for Passover and Jesus – her son, the Savior and Son of God – took cords and violently turned out the animals and merchants and money changers from the temple, saying, “Do not make my Father’s house a house of trade!” [iv]

There would be other revealing times, but Mary eventually learned this lesson:  Jesus considers ALL who “do the will of the Father” as his mother and brothers and sisters. [v]  The Father’s will is for us to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. [vi] Those who do, become God’s children  [vii] and joint heirs with Jesus. [vii]

Mary’s soul would be pierced through as she watched her beloved son hang in agony on a cross. But oh, the joy that would flood that soul to see Him resurrected in glory.

My Lord and my God!


Think about  Mary on MOTHER’S DAY!  Remember her joys, her sorrows, and the important lesson she began to learn at a wedding celebration in Cana.


[i]     Luke 1:38

[ii]    John  2:34-35

[iii]   Luke 2:49

[iv]   John 2:16

[v]    Mark 3:35

[vi]   John 6:40

[vii]  John 1:12

[viii] Romans 8:16-17