Friday, April 11, 2014

John 11:28-37 (ESV)

28 When she had said this, she went and called her sister Mary, saying in private, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.” 29 And when she heard it, she rose quickly and went to him. 30 Now Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was still in the place where Martha had met him. 31 When the Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary rise quickly and go out, they followed her, supposing that she was going to the tomb to weep there. 32 Now when Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet, saying to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” 33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled. 34 And he said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” 35 Jesus wept. 36 So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” 37 But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man also have kept this man from dying?”

In the Gospel of John, Jesus’ raising of Lazarus from the dead is the last and greatest miracle he performs before he goes to the cross. This miracle stands as an example of the power of Jesus Christ in our lives – here and now! Mary, unlike Martha, was totally convinced that Jesus was the Messiah who was to come into the world to save those who believed in him. This is why she said; “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died”(v. 32). She believed in him, completely. As soon as she said this, Jesus went directly to the tomb and performed this great miracle. Like Mary, we must have faith that God works in our lives every day. We must allow the grace of God to take hold in us and grow. God is not a god of the past or the future. He is the living God that always has been, is, and ever shall be with us!

Ezekiel, hundreds of years before the birth of Christ, during his vision of God raising his people from the dead in the Valley of the dry bones, prophesied saying: “Thus says the Lord GOD: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live” (Eze. 37:9 ESV). Ezekiel foretells of the resurrecting power of God in all who believe. God raises us from a life in which we are dead and breathes new life into us. Let us all accept God’s offer of grace so that we may be resurrected from death into eternal life.

Father in Heaven, we pray that you breathe new life into us. Fill us with your amazing grace and bring us from death to life and reside in us forever. Amen.