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The Lenten Journey 2016 – It is for the Glory of God

april32011_carolcroskeyIt is for the Glory of God!
John 11:1-16
But when Jesus heard it, he said, ‘This illness does not lead to death: rather it is for God’s glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.’ (NRSV)

We are all very familiar with the story of Mary and Martha and Lazarus. We know Lazarus, whom Jesus loved, was ill. The sisters sent for Jesus because they believed Lazarus was terminal. We know “he tarried” and did not go immediately to Bethany. Jesus stayed where he was two days longer. By the time Jesus and the disciples got to Bethany, Lazarus had been dead for four days. He was in the tomb dead, wrapped up with cloths dead. Jesus however, was not concerned that Lazarus was dead because he told the disciples in verse 11, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going there to awaken him.” The disciples had no clue so Jesus had to explain to them in clear words that Lazarus was dead and he didn’t show up before the death, so that they might believe. The question is still, why did Jesus take so long to get to Bethany?

Are we so impatient with the Lord because of our wants that we must have instant comfort, peace and relief from Jesus? Since Jesus knew that Lazarus would be raised, we should be reminded as in John 6:38, that Jesus came not do his will, but the will of the One who sent him. The miracle in Lazarus’ death and raising was so that God would receive the glory. It was this act that Jesus did to give evidence of fulfilling his mission……………giving .life, abundant life. It was not just for the moment to prove who he was, but to give the believer another moment of thanksgiving and the non-believer one more chance to become a believer.

During this Lenten Season will we remember that Jesus didn’t ignore the sisters’ plea to heal Lazarus, but that he had to always be “about His Father’s business? The miracle of Lazarus’ resurrection was always for the Glory of God. The teaching moment here is that we must never forget the sacrifice on Calvary and the blood that was shed for many, not just for one. Lazarus was just the prequel of Jesus’ death and resurrection (which was not far off) and yes, our saving from eternal damnation. Instead of a sorrowful funeral procession, it was a Hallelujah Chorus celebration for the sisters and all present to give testimony to what they witnessed, Jesus the Christ who would reign forever more.

Carol Croskey, Ocala, Florida

BELOVED

Praise God for those moments when you thought the worse happened and Jesus steps in to turn things around! Has it happened to you? I can be a witness that Jesus will, Jesus can and Jesus did!

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Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie



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