RAISING LAZARUS FROM THE DEAD
When Jesus heard that his friend Lazarus was very sick, instead of going to Lazarus right away to heal him, he stayed at where he was at for a couple more days. Jesus said that Lazarus's sickness would not lead to death but for God to be glorified. But when Jesus arrived at where Lazarus was, Lazarus was already dead for four days. Martha, Lazarus's sister, told Jesus that her brother Lazarus would still be alive if he had been with them earlier, but he said to her, "Lazarus would rise again." Then Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live again. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die." Then Jesus asked her, "Do you believe this?" Then Martha responded, "Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world."
Then they led Jesus to where Lazarus was buried, and He wept. Jesus told them to move the stone covering the tomb, but Martha was hesitant because Lazarus had been buried for four days. But Jesus said to her, "Did I not say to you that if you believe you would see the glory of God?" After they moved the stone, Jesus called Lazarus from the tomb, saying, "Lazarus, come out!" To the amazement of everyone, Lazarus came out with bound hand and foot with a cloth. Jesus said to them, "Unwrap him and let him go."
Jesus demonstrated in the life of Lazarus that He had power over death. Although death to us is a mystery, we have the confidence in our Lord Jesus that when we die, He will raise us up again to be with Him in heaven forever. There is only one God that can give us eternal life, and that is our Heavenly Father. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for our sin, so that we may live with Him. Jesus is our life and resurrection, and we are forever secure in Him. When Jesus wept while he was being led to where Lazarus was buried, it showed us that Jesus had emotions and feelings just like us. Always remember that Jesus understands our sadness and troubles, and He is always with us to comfort us and help us in times of our needs. Because most often, we experience God’s power in our lives through our needs and sufferings.
Ask yourself these questions: Do I believe that when I die, I will rise again and be with my Heavenly Father? Why? Does God understand my feelings and hurts? What should I do in my time of suffering?
Write down all the worries that you are facing today and lift them up to God.
Lord Jesus, thank you that you are the resurrection and the life. I have eternal life because of what you've done on the cross. Though I may die on this earth, I have an eternal hope in you that I will rise again to be with you in heaven. As I wait on that day, please help me to live for you, and trust you with all of my heart. Please help me now with (mention your prayer requests). In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, I pray. Amen.