Friday, March 14, 2014

John 11 - Lazarus

I absolutely love this story about Lazarus being raised to life again by Jesus.  When I called, I was trying to comment that Jesus weeping could have been from many things (a question to ask him when we see him!) that:
  1. He was grieving for what Mary and Martha had just gone through.
  2. He was grieving for what Lazarus went through.
  3. He was grieving for what He was going to go through (his own death).
  4. He was grieving for what His disciples would go through with his own death.
  5. He was grieving for those who did not understand this event.
  6. He was grieving for those who would never understand this event (the Pharisees).
  7. He was grieving for Lazarus that he would have to die again someday.
  8. He was grieving for Lazarus for the ramification of his resurrection (that the Pharisees would now want to kill Lazarus).
  9. He was overwhelmed with emotion of how many people would come to Him because Lazarus’ resurrection.
  10. He was just overwhelmed with emotion for the moment and the people around Him.
  11. He was grieving that He waited, to give his Father Glory, but that it was costly.
I could keep going with what Jesus might be weeping about… it doesn’t matter, and it was left undisclosed.  The Son of God Movie got this wrong… Jesus didn’t need to kiss him, or touch him… he called to him from outside to him to come out!  To enter the tomb would have made Jesus ceremonially unclean, giving the Pharisees cause to accuse Him.  Unlike Samson, who dipped his hand into the dead carcass of the lion and got honey and gave the riddle “Out of the eater came something to eat, And out of the strong came something sweet.” What was their answer?  “What is sweeter than honey? And what is stronger than a lion?”    

Jesus did the same, but the eater is death itself, and what we can get our teeth into is that fact that we are NOT going to be left to decay and that is sweeter than the best honey!  And our relationship with Jesus, when we “eat of his flesh and drink of his blood” are our symbols of hope.  Those in attendance of Samson’s wedding were wrong.  What is sweeter than honey? Our salvation, our relationship with Jesus!

What is stronger than a lion?  Death, but Jesus is stronger still!  Just as Samson dipped his hand in the lion carcass, Jesus’ (God’s) spirit brought Lazarus back to life, and pulled him out of the Tomb, just like God will do a few days later with Jesus!
I wonder if the wraps that bound Lazarus still smelled of decaying flesh?  Or would he not smell, like Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego coming from the fiery furnace?
I love this story!  Here the Pharisees were plotting to kill Jesus because of miraculous signs, and many were going to Jerusalem to purify themselves for Passover… but not the Pharisees… this was a time to clean out the entire house, to make sure no leavening was in the house… yet the Pharisees were not doing this, but standing in the Temple wondering if Jesus would come to the feast at all!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The Divine Indwelling

The doctrine of the divine indwelling is one of the most important in the New Testament, and its meaning for the individual Christian is precious beyond all description. To neglect it is to suffer serious loss. The apostle Paul prayed for the Ephesian Christians that Christ might dwell in their hearts by faith. Surely it takes faith of a more than average vitality to grasp the full implications of this great truth.

Two facts join to make the doctrine difficult to accept: the supreme greatness of God and the utter sinfulness of man. Those who think poorly of God and well of themselves may chatter idly of "the deity within," but the man who trembles before the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy, the man who knows the depth of his own sin, will detect a moral incongruity in the teaching that One so holy should dwell in the heart of one so vile.

That Incredible Christian - A. W. Tozer

This particular item has been pricking my spirit for the last 6 months or so. How would a God so Holy even want to dwell in me, a man not only prone to wander, but just plain vile!

I then was listening to the song "All the Heavens" by Third Day on their album Offereings: A Worship Album. Their lyrics resounded A. W. Tozer's:

As Your children gather in peace
All the angels sing in Heaven
In your temple all that I seek
Is to Glimpse Your holy presence

All the heavens cannot hold You, Lord
How much less to dwell in me?
I can only make my one desire
Holding on to Thee

All the angles exalt You on high
What a kingdom to depart!
But You left Your throne in the sky
Just to live inside my heart


I will always make my one desire
Holding on to Thee

This has gotten me to think about the indwelling of my God inside of me.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

To Be Significant

To Be Significant, One must make Him Significant