Tuesday, February 2, 2016

365 Blessings- February 2

When he heard this, Jesus said, "This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for
God's glory so that God's Son may be glorified through it." (John 11:4)

The story starts in this manner: Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from
Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now
lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her
hair. So the sisters sent word to Jesus, "Lord, the one you love is sick." (John 11:1-3)
That's when Jesus said the words in the verse above.

Jesus said, "This sickness will not end in death." A promise from the master for the sisters.
The sisters must have been happy on hearing that. Perhaps they must have told a few
friends and close relatives what Jesus said. They must have reassured Lazarus that he was
going to recover.

But alas! Lazarus died....How shocking it must have been for the sisters. The many
questions that must have hounded them. The many whispers they must have had to hear
about them telling others that Jesus had said that Lazarus would not die. The gall of it all
being that Jesus didn't even come and visit Lazarus or pray for him.
Well, Jesus had a surprise in store for them. And no one other than their Master & Lord
knew it.
Who would have imagined that this man Lazarus who was dead and his body kept in a
cave would be brought back to life? That too after 4 days of dying.

"Take away the stone," Jesus said. "But, Lord," said Martha, the sister of the dead man,
"by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days." Then Jesus said, "Did I
not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?" (John 11:39, 40)

That sounds preposterous, doesn't it? But this was no ordinary man speaking into the air.
This was the Son of God, the one who said, "I am the resurrection and the life."
And then...the miracle...Jesus called in a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!"
The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth
around his face. Jesus said to them, "Take off the grave clothes and let him go." (John
11:43, 44)

Imagine the aahhs...and the ohs....that could be heard. The rejoicing and the hugs. That's
my Lord Jesus for you, even today.

Now what's that thing you were saying is impossible in your life?
Remember my Lord's words: “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the
glory of God?”
Will you believe?

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