“Don’t miss the message of this miracle. . . . You are never alone. Jesus meets us in the cemeteries of life. Whether we are there to say goodbye or there to be buried, we can count on the presence of God.”- Max Lucado
“So they rolled the stone aside. Then Jesus looked up to heaven and said, ‘Father, thank you for hearing me. You always hear me, but I said it out loud for the sake of all these people standing here, so they will believe you sent me.’ Then Jesus shouted, ‘Lazarus, come out!’ “- John 11:41-43 (NLT)
Max Lucado concludes Chapter 8 of Never Alone as he examines Martha’s response to Jesus’ question (John 11:27). Martha offers a rather indirect response. Because, Max states, she’s not ready to say that Jesus could raise the dead. However, Martha musters a triple tribute. She calls Jesus Messiah, Son of God, and the one who came into the world. A mustard seed confession. But, enough for Jesus.
As a result, a determined, not despondent Jesus took charge. He tole people to roll the stone away. Next, apt to thank God for impossible situations, Jesus offered a prayer of gratitude. Then He commanded Lazarus to come out. An imperative, a summons – not an idea or suggestion.
In conclusion, Pastor Lucado reiterates, Jesus asks you the belief question:
“Do you believe this? Jesus’ question to Martha is his question to you. . . . Let the story of the resurrection of Lazarus remind you: Jesus’ authority extends over the cemetery. Do you believe this? Not your church, your family, your parents, or society, but you. The question is personal. What’s more, it’s precise.
Do you believe this? This claim Christ makes about his deity and about your destiny? Jesus is Lord over the cemetery. His voice can empty a grave. And you are destined for a Lazarus moment. Do you believe this?” (emphasis Max’s)
Today’s question: Do you believe that Jesus meets you in the cemeteries of life? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “Your finish line – drawing near”