By the Mad Preacher
The 11th Chapter of John relates an incident that has puzzled many. It tells of the death and subsequent resurrection of Lazarus. Often we want to focus on the glorious resurrection, and that’s good, but what about his death
As you recall Mary and Martha sent word to Jesus to come quickly; their brother was gravely ill. Verse 6 says, “Yet when he (Jesus) heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days.” Why would Jesus do such a thing? He loved Lazarus and his sisters. Why in the world would he delay? Why didn’t Jesus immediately respond to the urgent call of his friends? Didn’t Jesus know how worried they were?!
Let’s bring this closer to home, shall we? Why hasn’t God responded to your urgent call? Why is He waiting? Doesn’t God know how desperately you need him to intervene in your situation? Why does God delay?!
What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. (1Corinthians 15:36)
Have you ever been disappointed with God or even downright angry with Him? “Lord, why didn’t you come to my rescue?” Martha shared your disappointment and confusion as she cried, “Lord, if you had only been here my brother would not have died!” (Vs. 21) Why does God sometimes postpone rescue? Could it be that he’s waiting for something to…die? Could it be that God’s waiting for something in your life to die, so that he can resurrect new life in you?
“I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” — Jesus (John 12:24)
One of the great paradoxes of the spiritual life is this: something must die in order for it to live. In our case we have a lot of bad habits and unhealthy attitudes to which we need to deal a deathblow. However, we keep trying to resurrect what God’s trying to kill. Rather than following Paul’s admonition to “put to death the misdeeds of the body, [so that] you will live.” (Romans 8:13) Still, we insist on keeping that old nature on life support and busy ourselves trying to prevent God from pulling the plug.
We’ve got to give in to the process and let God have his way in our lives. There’s victory in death, my friend. I wonder, what needs to die in your life?
Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him. (2Timothy 2:11)
Mold and make me with your fire And consume me with your love Until Your will is my desire All that I have and hold on to Surrender All that I am I give to you I give to you *
*Surrender by Mark Harris, Brent Bourgeois as recorded by 4Him