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Dead man walking!

Scripture reading for November 3rd: John 9-12

My son Marshal and I visited Bethany as a part of a study class that spent three weeks in Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt.  At Bethany one morning, we visited a place that might have been the tomb that Lazarus was laid in.  We went down a narrow passageway carved out of the rock and entered the musty cave where there were some niches carved in the wall as places to lay the bodies.  The tomb was illuminated by an electric light.  After reading the Scriptures, I left first, took my camera and called out, “Marshal, come out!”  I got a great picture and a real visual of what those with Jesus witnessed that day when Lazarus came out!

Jesus often stayed at Lazarus’ home in Bethany, less than two miles from the Temple in Jerusalem.  (John 11:18)   Lazarus had two sisters, Mary and Martha, who also loved Jesus.  They had sent word to Jesus that their brother was deathly sick, but Jesus purposely delayed coming.  (John 11:3-6)  When Jesus arrived, Lazarus was already dead and entombed for four days.  Martha came to meet Jesus and told Him that if He had been there, Lazarus would not have died.  She also made another key statement, “But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.” (John 11:22)  Martha had faith in Jesus and His prayers!

Jesus gave her a Word of knowledge: “Your brother will rise again.” (John 11:23)  Martha’s understanding of the resurrection had come from studying the Old Testament Scriptures.  (Possibly Daniel 12:1-3, 13)  Jesus spoke again to her prophetically, “I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die.  Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26)  This time Martha confessed that she believed that Jesus was the Christ, Son of God!

Jesus went to the tomb and wept! (John 11:35)  What compassion Jesus showed for this man that He loved!  Jesus was deeply moved a second time and ordered the stone taken away.   After thanking His Father, Jesus called, “Lazarus, come out!”  Lazarus came out, grave clothes and all!   The dead man walked back into life!

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“Lazarus, come out!”

Scripture reading for November 1st: John 9-12

My son Marshal and I visited Bethany as a part of our Bible history and geography study trip.  At Bethany, we visited a place that was a probably similar to the tomb that Lazarus was laid in.  Marshal and I went down a narrow passageway carved out of the rock and entered the musty cave where there were some niches carved in the wall as places to lay the bodies.  The tomb was illuminated by an electric light.  After reading the Scriptures, I left first and  took my camera and called out, “Marshal, come out!”  I got a great picture and a real visual of what that might have looked like to those gathered around that tomb with Jesus!

Jesus often stayed at Lazarus’ home in Bethany, less than two miles from the temple in Jerusalem.  (John 11:18)   Lazarus had two sisters, Mary and Martha, who also loved Jesus and their brother.  They had sent word to Jesus that their brother was deathly sick, but Jesus purposely delayed coming.  (John 11:3-6)  When Jesus arrived, Lazarus was already dead and entombed for four days.  Martha came to meet Jesus and told Him that if He had been there, Lazarus would not have died.  She also made another key statement, “But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.” (John 11:22)

Jesus gave her a Word of knowledge: “Your brother will rise again.” (John 11:23)  Martha’s understanding of the resurrection had come from studying the Old Testament Scriptures.  (Possibly Daniel 12:1-3, 13)  Jesus spoke again to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.  Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26)  This time Martha confessed that she believed that Jesus was the Christ, Son of God!

Jesus went to the tomb and as He stood there, He wept! (John 11:35)  The Author of Life was weeping over Lazarus swallowed by the grave and death!  He was the “resurrection and life” and was about to demonstrate the power of faith.  Jesus was deeply moved a second time and ordered the stone taken away.  Martha protested, but Jesus reassured her faith!  He is the Author and Finisher of our faith and helps us when our faith falters!  (John 11:40)  Jesus spoke, “Lazarus, come out!” Lazarus came out, grave clothes and all!

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The Good Shepherd

Scripture reading for November 3rd: John 9-12

We are likened to sheep in the Bible.  People resemble sheep in a number of ways.  We all need a shepherd or we easily get into trouble.  Sheep are known to wander away looking for food and when separated from the flock, they are virtually helpless to defend themselves.  They also depend on the shepherd to guide them to the pastures and to tend to their needs.  Even a group of them have very little that they can do to protect themselves.  They are easy prey for predators and make tasty meals!

Jesus taught His followers that He was the gate for the sheep.  (John 10:7-10)  As the gate, all sheep who entered through Him would be saved and would find safe pasture.  Those who found this gate would find life and abundance of life.  The thief, (Satan) came to steal, kill and destroy the sheep, but Jesus would protect them in His fold.

Jesus taught His followers that He was the good shepherd of the sheep.  (John 10:11-18)  As a good shepherd, He would  lay His life down for the sheep.  A hired hand runs away when the wolf comes because he really doesn’t care for the sheep, but for his own life.  Jesus knew His sheep and they knew Him.  His sheep would not follow another stranger, because they knew His voice.  Jesus, as the good shepherd, had other sheep outside of the flock at Israel.  He was their shepherd too!

Jesus told his followers that He would voluntarily lay His life down for His sheep.  But after He lay it down, He would also take it up again.  He said this to indicate the resurrection that would occur on the third day after laying His life down.  We who follow Jesus know that His death was on our behalf.  He took our sin and bore it’s penalty so we could be free.  He faced the wolf, and won by giving Himself!  What a Savior!  What a Good Shepherd who really loves His sheep enough to die for them!  He now lives to pray for us and has given us the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us through this life to the green pastures and still waters of the Kingdom!  Do you know His voice?  Are you one of His own sheep?  Today is a good day to surrender!

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“Lazarus, Come Out!”

Scripture reading for November 3rd: John 9-12

My son Marshal and I visited Bethany as a part of our Bible history and geography study class that spent three weeks in Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt.  At Bethany one morning, we visited a place that was a probably like the tomb that Lazarus was laid in.  Marshal and I went down a narrow passageway carved out of the rock and entered the musty cave where there were some niches carved in the wall as places to lay the bodies.  The tomb was illuminated by an electric light.  After reading the Scriptures about this incident, I turned to leave first and right after I got out, I took my camera and called out, “Marshal, come out!”  I got a great picture and a real visual of what that might have looked like to those gathered around that tomb with Jesus!

Jesus often stayed at Lazarus’ home in Bethany, less than two miles from the Temple in Jerusalem.  (John 11:18)   Lazarus had two sisters, Mary and Martha, who also loved Jesus and loved their brother.  They had sent word to Jesus that their brother was deathly sick, but Jesus purposely delayed coming.  (John 11:3-6)  When Jesus arrived, Lazarus was already dead and entombed for four days.  Martha came to meet Jesus and told Him that if He had been there, Lazarus would not have died.  She also made another key statement, “But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.” (John 11:22)  Martha had faith in Jesus and His prayers!

Jesus gave her a Word of knowledge: “Your brother will rise again.” (John 11:23)  Martha’s understanding of the resurrection had come from studying the Old Testament Scriptures.  (Possibly Daniel 12:1-3, 13)  Jesus spoke again to her prophetically, “I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.  Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26)  This time Martha confessed that she believed that Jesus was the Christ, Son of God!  Faith comes by hearing the voice of Jesus Christ!

Jesus went to the tomb and as He stood there, He wept! (John 11:35)  What compassion Jesus showed for this man that He loved!  The Author of Life was weeping over Lazarus swallowed by the grave and death!  He was the “resurrection and life” and was about to demonstrate the power of faith.  Jesus was deeply moved a second time and ordered the stone taken away from the mouth of the tomb.  Martha protested, but Jesus reassured her faith!  He is the Author and Finisher of our faith and helps us when our faith falters!  (John 11:40)  After thanking His Father that He always heard Him, Jesus spoke, “Lazarus, come out!” Sure enough, Lazarus came out, grave clothes and all!

Wow!  What a loving and compassionate Savior!  We are encouraged to simply believe that whatever Jesus said or says will be heard by the Father!  He is alive and praying for us now!  Why not ask Him for what He has promised?  Listen closely; His sheep hear His voice!

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