Week of April 20, 2020
Jesus: The Great Physician! (Part 3)
“God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea." - Psalm 46:1-2 (NLT)
Welcome to the third week of April 2020 and glory to God for His Preservation.
Over the last two weeks, we have been on a series titled: Jesus: The Great Physician. In the Part 1 of the series, using the Roman centurion documented in Luke 7 and Matthew 8 as a case study, we established the power of Jesus to restore health via the Spoken Word. Last week, we understudied the paralytic whose health was restored by Jesus (Mark 2). This week, I will like us to take a look at how Lazarus heard the voice of the Great Physician (Jesus) in the grave and came back to life.(John 11:40-44)
John 11 chronicles one of the greatest hopeless cases in the Bible and the last of Jesus’ miracles - the raising of Lazarus. Besides setting the stage for Jesus’ own death and resurrection, this Bible account showcases the clearest sign of who Jesus is - the Son of God, the Promised Messiah, the Savior of the world; and displays the glory, power and majesty of Christ's power. This event began in the home of Mary, Martha and Lazarus who were among Jesus’ closest friends. As a matter of fact, He stayed in their home whenever he visited Jerusalem so while Jesus walked the earth in the flesh, this home could rightly be assumed to have been his spiritual hangout.
Lazarus was ill but by John 11:32, he was dead and lying in a tomb surrounded by mourning family and friends. According to his Sister in Verse 30, by the time Jesus arrived, Lazarus was already decaying. As at the time when Jesus received the message: “Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick” (Vs.3), he was having a run-in with the Pharisees in Jerusalem; they actually threatened to stone him or have him arrested (John 10:31, 39-40)
Nevertheless, he did get the plea for help and it was urgent. Jesus did not get to Jerusalem immediately but when he did, the Bible records that Martha rushed out to greet him and said, “Lord, if you would have been here, my brother would not have died.” (John 11:21) Martha was practically asking Jesus: What took you so long? When Mary joined Martha and he saw their grief, Jesus groaned in the spirit, and was troubled. When they finally took him to the tomb where Lazarus was buried, the Bible records that “Jesus wept.” (John 11:35). This is to say that Jesus did not simply get teary-eyed; he shook with emotion from the depth of his soul.
Jesus ordered the stone to be rolled off the grave, then looking to God he prayed and thereafter called out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” (John 11:43) and Lazarus did came out, his body still wrapped in burial cloths. “Free him, and let him go.” Jesus continued (John 11:44). The raising of Lazarus was a miracle, a clear display of God's power and an unmistakable sign that Jesus was the Christ.
As demonstrated at the tomb of Lazarus, Jesus is the Lord of life. Mary and Martha felt Jesus arrived too late but the raising of Lazarus is proof that Jesus is not bound by time and space; neither are diseases and death any threat to him. During unprecedented times such as now, when there is so much panic, pain and suffering, it is easy to let fear take over.
Maybe as you read through this epistle, you are face to face with tragedy, heartache or panic and your mind is on the verge of drifting to a thousand panic-laced “what-ifs” and “whys”. Regardless of where you are at during this ongoing pandemic, God is STILL our refuge and strength. He is always available for us in times of trouble and will be there when you call on Him.
His GRACE is SUFFICIENT for you!
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