John 11:43, ”When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out””
This is the familiar account of the resurrection of Lazarus, sister to Mary and Martha.
Lesson 1 – Jesus Timing is not always our Timing – “Yet when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days (v. 11).” Isn’t it puzzling to our human minds to think that upon hearing of Lazarus’ sickness, Jesus didn’t treat that news like a 911 call? No Jesus stayed where he was another two days before He left to be with Lazarus. There are times when we call upon Christ in prayer and He says not yes or no, but wait. The Palmist said, “I waited patiently for the LORD? he turned to me and heard my cry”, Psalm 40:1. It’s in the waiting on God that we learn to trust Him. We live in an society of instant gratification of minute rice, e-mail, cell phones, etc…. However God lives outside of time and therefore is not bound by it. To God all time is now. Noah’s flood and your situation are not worlds apart in light of eternity. Read the rest of this entry »
Acts 26:28, “Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You almost persuade me to become a Christian.”
To come close but feel like it’s still far is a test we all face. This happens to me many times when I evangelize, there are people who seem to be close but in reality still far, very raw. For those who appear close, we are often tempted to close the deal, ask them to say the sinner’s prayer and proclaim them believers. I see this many times when reports are given of hundreds or thousands of people making decisions to follow Christ through crusades, meetings etc. And my thought, how was the gospel presented and how many of those are truly saved (God saved them). Could it be possible that we are dealing with almost persuaded, people convinced but not changed when 80-90% of those who make a profession of faith fall away? That is the question. Read the rest of this entry »
Matthew 28:6, “He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.”
Picture this, you are at a restaurant and the bill has just been handed to you. As you open your wallet or purse, you notice that it is empty. This would not be good. Empty hopes, empty promises, empty dreams, empty homes, and dare I say some seem to relate to those with empty minds. When one thinks of empty things, there is usually negativity attached to it. Emptiness usually speaks of something finished, over, void, etc…. The first time the term empty was used in the Scriptures it referred to the earth being “formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.” Emptiness was present, but so was the Spirit of God!. Read the rest of this entry »