Week 39   Day 7


Jesus' task was teaching people to believe 

            the multitudes believed

            because they saw the miracles 

they believed what they could see 


Jesus tried to teach his disciples to believe

            that he was sent from God 

            that he was one with God 

which was something they could not see

and needed to be accepted by faith.



When Jesus said

            Lazarus come out

it's like Ezekiel's valley of dry bones 

            coming to life again 

Jesus can give life to anyone no matter how dead.



Jesus moves so slowly 

Jesus if you had been here. . .

            Martha said it 

            Mary echoed  

scolding Jesus for his timing 

            his delay 

            his slowness 

chiding him for his absence 

            you were not here

            when we needed you most 


and Jesus cried 

like the popular poem about the Footprints in the Sand 

            they did not know

                        he was there.




                                           GOOD GRIEF

       Jesus never had a funeral.  He had resurrections!

                                                John 11


    1A certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of

Mary and her sister Martha.  3Therefore the sisters sent to Him,

saying, "Lord, he whom You love is sick."

    4When Jesus heard that, He said, "This sickness is not unto

death, but for the glory of God."  5Now Jesus loved Martha

and her sister and Lazarus.  11After two days He said, "Our

friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up."

    17When Jesus came, He found that he had already been

in the tomb four days.  18Now Bethany was near Jerusalem,

about two miles away.  19And many of the Jews had joined

the women around Martha and Mary, to comfort them.

    20As soon as Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went

and met Him, but Mary stayed in the house.  21Martha said,

"Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. 

22But even now I know God will give you whatever You ask." 

    23Jesus said, "Your brother will rise again."  24Martha

said, "I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last

day."  25Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life.  He who

believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.  26Whoever

lives and believes in Me shall never die.  Do you believe this?"

    32When Mary came where Jesus was, she fell at His feet,

saying to Him,  "Lord, if You had been here, my brother would

not have died."  33When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews

who came with her weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was

troubled.  34And He said, "Where have you laid him?"  They

said to Him, "Lord, come and see."  35Jesus wept.  36Then the

Jews said, "See how He loved him!"  37And some of them said,

"Could not this Man, who opened the eyes of the blind, also

have kept this man from dying?"

    38Jesus, again groaning in Himself, came to the tomb. It was

a cave, and a stone lay against it.  39Jesus said, "Take away

the stone."  Martha said to Him, "Lord, by this time there is a

stench, he has been dead four days."  41Then they took away

the stone and Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, "Father, I thank

You that You have heard Me.  42 I know You always hear Me,

but because of these people I said this that they may believe." 

    43Then He cried with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come forth!" 

44And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with

grave clothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth.  Jesus

said to them, "Loose him, and let him go."
              This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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