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February 10, 2012

The Same Yesterday and Forever

Raising of Lazarus. Jesus calls out Lazarus fr...
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“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (Hebrews 13:8). Many times in life, we want and believe for something that does not happen. Instead, something else happens. Usually the thing that happens is something that we do not like or want. An excellent example of this is found in the resurrection of Lazarus. Martha and Mary send for Jesus when Lazarus is sick. They know that Jesus is able to heal him. They are hoping for their brother to be healed. Instead, Lazarus dies. Now that Lazarus has been dead four days, Jesus arrives. Martha runs to meet him, but Mary stays at home. I believe that it is possible that she is angry because he did not heal her brother. Martha is also upset. We can see this because she says, “… if you would hadst been here, my brother had not died” (John 11:21). However, she still shows a little bit of faith by her next words, “But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee“(John 11:22).

After talking with Jesus, Martha calls for her sister Mary. Mary tells Jesus the same thing that Martha told him. Jesus understood that both Martha and Mary were upset. He also knew that their faith needed to be increased. He stilled had compassion on them as can be seen in the fact that he wept with them. Martha had some faith, but was having problems with doubt, but, “Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?” (John 11:40). Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead were laid and Jesus prayed. Afterwards, “…he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go” (John 11:43-44). Jesus used the faith that she had, increased it, and performed a miracle that would increased the faith of Mary, the disciples, and all of that town.

Many times, we get upset or angry because we think that God is not doing anything. However, we do not know or see God’s plan. Sometimes God wants to use us as a witness for bigger and better things just as he did in here. Remember that Jesus is “the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” Hebrews 13:8.

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Jesus will do for you what he has done for others.

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