lazarusNow a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, brother of Mary and Martha. It was that Mary who anointed the Lord with fragrant oil and wiped His feet with her hair……The sisters sent word… “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.” When Jesus heard that, He said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” John 11:1-4 (NKJV) And so Christ delayed His departure and remained where He was for two more days. He then tells His disciples in (v, 11) “Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up.”

My friends, Jesus presence was not necessary for Him to heal someone. Remember the Centurion’s Servant in Luke 7 and Matt 8 As Jesus was on His way to heal the Centurion’s Servant, the Centurion sent word to Him “Lord, do not trouble Yourself, for I am not worthy that You should enter under my roof.

But say the word, and my servant will be healed. Jesus commented that He had not in allgods_son_centurion of Israel found such faith and at that moment The Centurion’s Servant was heal. Luke 7:6-11 (NKJV) My friends, sometimes we who feel we know God the most, who needs our faith strengthen the most in these last days of the history of this world.

Outside of Christ disciples, Mary, Martha and Lazarus were considered His dearest friends. So why, like the Centurion did they not ask, Lord “say the word, and” our brother “will be healed.” They knew what power their Dear Friend had within Him from above. But Martha still says to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.”

Jesus says “Your brother will rise again.” Now, the same Martha who had just told Jesus “I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You,” responds, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”  (v, 25-26) Jesus responds, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.

Do you believe this?” Martha says Yes Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.” But her faith still did not tell her Christ had the power over life and death. My friends, How much faith do we need to understand Jesus will be here soon and if self has not completely died.

images4And if our life have not become totally consumed and saturated into the very presence, image and character of Christ we will not be among the redeemed who “have come out of the great tribulation; [and] have washed our robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” Rev 7:14 (NIV) And then live throughout the ceaseless ages of eternity in God’s pure and holy kingdom.

My friend, where is your faith, do you need to witness the power of God in some miraculous way like Mary and Martha or do you believe the promises in God’s word like the Centurion. The promises that say’s “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Mark 9:23 (NKJV) And of course our main faith statement, “he who endures to the end, shall be saved.” Matt, 24:13 (NKJV)


  1. Benjamin Goodine Jr says:

    Amen and Amen!

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