The Lord Makes Dead Things Live
John 11:32. When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” 33. When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. 34. “Where have you laid him?” he asked. “Come and see, Lord,” they replied. 35. Jesus wept. 36. Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” 37. But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”
The story of the death of Lazarus and Jesus raising him from the dead has been preached in many churches around the world. The story begins with a messenger coming to Jesus to tell him that Lazarus was sick, and that he needed to come immediately. Jesus instead of going to Bethany told his Disciples that this sickness was not unto death, and stayed where he was two more days. After the two days had passed, Jesus spoke to the Disciples once more explaining that it was time to go to Judea. They opposed Him adamantly, because the people in this town were ready to stone Him. They did not know that the purpose for Jesus going, was to make dead things live again. Finally, Jesus said that Lazarus our friend was dead.
When Jesus and the Disciples had arrived at Bethany it was told them that Lazarus had been buried now for four days. When Martha met Jesus before he came into town; her reply was one whose hope was deferred, lost because of circumstance, “Jesus if you had been here, my brother would not have died”! Jesus explains, who He was, in verse 25. Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: 26. And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? 27. She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world. 28. And when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come, and calleth for thee. As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly, and came unto him. 30. Now Jesus was not yet come into the town, but was in that place where Martha met him. Mary came to Jesus and fell at his feet weeping, and Jesus was overwhelmed with compassion and in one of the shortest verses in the Bible, it records that Jesus wept!
When they came to the tomb, the order to remove the stone caused a stir. Martha, Lazarus’s sister said, “By now the body of my brother is stinking from decaying”. Jesus assured her, that if she only could believe that she would see the Glory of God. Jesus is the One who is and is to come! He is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, and when He stood at the entrance of the tomb, after praying to the Father, He uttered the name of His friend! Lazarus, come forth! Lazarus, still in his grave clothes rose from the dead and God was glorified, because the Lord makes dead things live again.
God will do the same for you and for me if we can only believe. Those things that are dead in our lives, God can make live again. Relationships can come alive once more as the fire of God restores. Dreams that once lay dormant can live again, as the Holy Spirit breaths upon them and visions are renewed! Lives can be changed, from death to life when we accept Jesus as Lord! When we believe, the Lord will make dead things live once more, so that the Father will be glorified.