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From Pastor (Dr) E. O. Abina,

The General Overseer of GOFAMINT


John 11:38-44.

“Then Jesus, again groaning in Himself, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.” Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. “And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.” Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go” (John 11:38-44).

We serve and believe the Only God who does the impossible. So, when we come to a situation that is actually impossible for man, we can think and rely on the only ONE TRUE God who does the impossible. Many of us are familiar with the story and event in the Scripture passage of this message. Mary and Martha; her sister had just lost their dear brother (Lazarus). Both Lazarus and his two sisters were friends of Jesus the Lord, Saviour and Son of God. When Lazarus was sick, his sisters Mary and Martha sent a message to Jesus… “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick (verse 3).

The Lord did not immediately rush to the town where the event took place. He stayed two more days in the place He was. After that, He said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again (verses 6,7). Remember that in verse 5, it is stated that Jesus loved Martha, her sister Mary and Lazarus. “A question that may quickly arise in our mind is: if Jesus really loved Lazarus, why did he stay two days more before He left for the place? The possible answer is that, He knew what He was going to do and He had already said. “…this sickness is not unto death but for the glory of God, that the Son of Man may be glorified through it!” Mary and Martha had already lost hope because the Lord Jesus did not come at the time they thought that there was hope. But now that Lazarus had been buried, what else could they expect. When Jesus came, Martha said to Jesus “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died” but she uttered a word of faith in Jesus saying, “But now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You” (verses 21,22).

The Lord Jesus sympathized with them and then asked them to take Him to the place where Lazarus was buried. With their faith in Jesus, they took Him to where Lazarus was buried and He just thanked God the Father saying, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me…” (verses 41,42).

Now, when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice “Lazarus come forth” And he who died came out bound hand and foot with grave clothes and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them “Loose him and let him go”. There are some lessons we can learn from this story.

  1. It is a good thing to have fellowship and good relationship with God.
  2. God is able to turn our sorrow to joy.
  3. Jesus has power over everything that is impossible for man.
  4. He has power over sickness.
  5. Faith in God, Jesus and their words will turn your bad life to better life.

    In short, after forty days, He rose from death and was ready to return to His Father and our Father in heaven, He declared “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me…” (Please read John 14:1-6). Whatever situation you may be passing through now, my advice to you is to shun sinful lifestyle have faith in God and His Son Jesus Christ, and you will enjoy stable and hopeful life.

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