Jesus was in a village a little distance from Bethany where his three beloved friends, Martha, Mary and Lazarus lived. He was there teaching one day; everyone knew by now he was headed for Jerusalem. They also knew they wanted to kill him there. In fact, they were plotting and looking for an opportunity to do just that.
This Mary of the three siblings was the same Mary that broke the alabaster jar and poured perfume on Jesus feet and dried it with her hair. The perfume, worth a year’s wages, filled the room with its aroma. She was persecuted for it; but Jesus memorialized the act. He said every time the gospel was preached, she would be remembered and commended for her act of worship which ceremonially and prophetically prepared him for the ordeal, the cross that was still before him at that point.
Anyway, one day while Jesus was out teaching in this town on the way towards Jerusalem (Bethany was just outside of Jerusalem, less than two miles), some people sent by the sisters, rushed up to him saying, Jesus, come quickly, your friend Lazarus has fallen seriously ill and might die.”
Oddly enough, to the people around him, he kept on teaching and doing what he was doing, where he was doing it, as if he hadn’t just received urgent news. In fact, the Bible tells us he stayed put for two more days, after he received the message.
Then he said to his disciples, “Lazarus has fallen asleep. We’re going to wake him up.” His disciples did not understand; so they responded with, “Jesus, if he’s asleep, perhaps he’ll feel better when he wakes up.”
Jesus, then said plainly, “Lazarus had died. We’re now going to Bethany to see about him.”
He was almost there, when Martha ran out to him. Some friends had told her he was down the road from their house. The first thing she said to Jesus was, “Jesus, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. Even now, I know he will give you whatever you ask.”
Jesus responded though your brother has died. He will rise again. Martha said, “Yes, I know in that Day, he will rise; we all will rise again.
Martha, I AM the Resurrection now. Do you believe me? Martha not wanting to argue with Jesus said, Yes, I believe. Then she went to go get Mary. She rushed in to Mary, still in the house, and whispered in her ear, Mary, Jesus is asking for you.
Jesus still where Martha left him just outside the city. Mary, now runs out to him saying the same thing Martha had said weeping brokenheartedly, “Jesus, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”
Jesus, this time, seeing Mary crying, he began to weep too. With a deep groan and outcry of compassion, he said where have you laid him?
With shock, Martha, using his formal name this time, “Teacher, he’s been there four days and he stinks now.”
Groaning again, still weeping, he asked again, where is he? The sisters led the way to the grave site, a simple cave with a huge stone in front of the opening.
They arrived at the tomb area. While, they rolled the stone away, opening the grave, Jesus addressed his Father. You always hear me. So, I say this for the sake of those here so they will believe you sent Me. Glorify your son!
With a loud voice Jesus cried, Lazarus come out! Within minutes, they heard rustling, hopping to the entrance the cadaver appeared at the entrance. Still bound, wrapped wholly in the customary linen cloth strips, with the kerchief still over his face, Lazarus came out.
Jesus said, “Loose him and bring him to me.”
Needless to say, everyone was stunned. Of course Lazarus’ family and friends were over joyed. Many Jews believed after this great miracle. Some others went to tattle tell to the Jewish leaders that were plotting to kill Jesus, letting them know he was nearly in the city. The Jewish leaders, still plotting, looking for the opportunity to arrest Jesus. They began another plan to kill Lazarus, as well, before the whole nation turned to believing Jesus was the promised Messiah and they lost total control of things.
I get so stirred in my faith, whenever I remember this story. Did you notice Jesus said, I Am Resurrection now? He’s the Resurrection yesterday, today and forever. That’s what he does; he resurrects things. The writer of Romans said, “the same power that raised Christ from the dead dwells in you.” That same writer said on another occasion, “God, who gives life to the dead and calls things that be not as though they were.”
If you feel any of this is for you, keep reading. What are you decreeing? What things are not in your life anymore that you are calling as though they were? Did I get that right? You know what I mean. What dead things are you calling back to life? You thought is was over. It’s been months and even years for some of you.
The last signs that you even had a business are gone. There are just the bones now. You had to walk away from your dream home. Whatever your dead thing is, our Lord is ready to resurrect things that are lost. He’s ready to make a believer out of the people around you with your resurrection miracle. Are you willing to receive? Here’s the word of the Lord for you and some practical instruction:
I Am the Resurrection. I resurrect your ______________________. Call things that be not as though they were and I will resurrect your _________________________.
Now, it’s time to activate your faith. Here’s a few words you can say. Father God, thank you for raising Jesus from the dead. Jesus, I reverence you as the Resurrection. Please resurrect my ___________________________________. I call things that be not as though they were. I decree _____________________________ is restored. Thank you for resurrecting my _______________________________________. I give you all the praise, honor and glory. Amen.
Reverencing Jesus as the Resurrection,
WOW! Women Global Founder, 12 book Christian Author
And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you. Romans 8:11
As it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations.” This is in the presence of him whom he believed: God, who gives life to the dead, and calls the things that are not, as though they were. Romans 4:17
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25,26
For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom He wishes. John 5:21
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