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Resurrection and life!

Scripture reading for November 5th: Ezekiel 31-33; John 11

Key Scriptures: John 11:21-27 “Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever You ask from God, God will give You.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in Me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this? She said to Him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that You are the Christ the Son of God, Who is coming into the world.”

What we believe about Jesus Christ determines our eternal destiny. Martha believed that Jesus could have saved her brother. She also believed that whatever Jesus asked the Father He would get. Jesus simply stated that Lazarus would rise again. Martha understood this hope through the Word of God. Jesus made an additional revelation: “I am the Resurrection and the Life. Whoever believes in Me, though he die, yet shall he live and everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die.” Jesus asked her if she believed this powerful statement. She replied with a clear statement of faith in Jesus Christ and Who He is. Jesus had revealed the path to eternal life to her and all who will respond in faith.

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, I believe You are the Christ, Savior of my soul, Son of the Living God. Thank You for providing for my resurrection and eternal life. I will share this good news!

Ezekiel 33:11 “Say to them, As I live, declares the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn back, turn back from your evil ways, for why will you die, O house of Israel?”

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Faith in the face of death!

Scripture reading for April 19th:  John 11, Psalm 79, Proverbs 17

Key Scriptures: John 11:23-27  “Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”  Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.”  Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.  Whoever believes in Me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die.  Do you believe this?”  She said to Him, “Yes, Lord:  I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.””

Lazarus, Mary and Martha’s brother had died and been the tomb for four days.  Jesus had purposely delayed coming so that many would believe in Him through the miracle that He would perform by raising him from death.  Martha ran to meet Jesus and Jesus quickly assured her that her brother would rise again.  Mary confessed faith in God’s Word concerning resurrection in the Old Testament.  Jesus went further to state the He alone was the resurrection and the life for all who would believe in Him!  This brought a faith confession!

Faith Confession:  Jesus, I believe that You are the Christ, Son of God, and the only source of eternal life and truth.

Proverbs 17:3 “The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, and the Lord tests hearts.”  

 

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Love message!

Scripture reading for April 19th:  2nd Samuel 10-13, John 11

Key Scriptures:  John 11:25-27 “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.  Whoever  believes in Me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in Me shall never die.  Do you believe this?” She said to Him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God who is coming into the world.””

Jesus had come to the grave of His friend, Lazarus, who had been dead for four days.  Martha, Lazarus’ sister, had ran to meet Jesus with a quiet faith, trusting that whatever Jesus would ask from His Father, God would do.  Jesus revealed Himself to her (and us) as the “resurrection and the life.”  Mary confessed her faith in Jesus as the Christ and Son of God.  Saving faith was released!

2nd Samuel 12:24-25 “Then David comforted his wife, Bathsheba, and went in to her and lay with her, and she bore a son, and he called his name Solomon.  And the Lord loved him and sent a message by Nathan the prophet.  So he called his name Jedidiah, because of the Lord.  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for Your love and revelation of who You are: “The Resurrection and the Life.”   I receive your revelation and love message today by faith in Jesus Christ, Son of God.  Amen.

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Rejoicing in resurrection!

Scripture reading for April 5th:  1st Kings 16-19

Key Scriptures:  1st Kings 17:21-24  “Then he stretched himself out on the boy three times and cried to the Lord, “O Lord my God, let this boy’s life return to him!”  The Lord heard Elijah’s cry, and the boy’s life returned to him, and he lived.  Elijah picked up the child and carried him down from the room into the house.  He gave him to his mother and said, “Look, your son is alive.”

Elijah, the prophet of God, had been staying at a Sidonian widow’s house during the famine in Israel.  She had a son that became ill and died.  She accused Elijah of having something against her.  Elijah gathered her son in his arms and took him to his upper room.  There he interceded with God for the boy’s life!  God graciously answered with a type of resurrection!

Thankful for resurrection:  Lazarus, Jesus’ friend had died.  Jesus confronted the force of death with compassion and vision!  “Jesus said 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?”  “Yes Lord,” she told Him, “I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.”  (John 11:25-27)

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From mourning to dancing!

Scripture reading for March 26th: Luke 7:11-35

God’s heart is for widows and orphans!  Jesus came to show the heart of His Father to us and He used miracles to emphasize the Father’s love.  In today’s reading, Jesus ministers to a widow who has lost her only son.  As Jesus was visiting Nain, He came upon a funeral procession with many people mourning.  This loss would be especially hard on this widow because her son represented someone who would carry on the family name and could provide for her as she got older.

“When He (Jesus) saw her, His heart went out to her and He said, “Don’t cry.”  Then He went up and touched the coffin, and those carrying it stood still.  He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!”  The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.”  They were all filled with awe and praised God.” (Luke 7:13-16a)  Jesus was moved with compassion for this widow and mother.  He understood all the pain and future consequences of this untimely death.  His first instruction to her was to stop crying.  His second command was to the dead son encouraging him to get up.  Can you imagine how shocked the pall-bearers were when the dead body they were carrying sat up and began to talk!

The response to this miracle brought praise to God and great awe of God’s power and questions about Jesus Christ.  Was He a great prophet, sent by God to help His people?   Was He the Messiah promised by the Holy Scriptures?   Even John the Baptist’s disciples were sent by John to question who Jesus really was.  Jesus used the miracles and even the raising of this widow’s son as a testimony of who He was!

This miracle turned the mourning of the widowed mother and the crowd of mourners into joy and dancing!  This miracle is a picture of the resurrection of all who believe.  There is a time coming when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and arise to eternal life!  (John 5:24-29)  There will be great joy in heaven, with no more crying, mourning or death!  (Revelation 21:3-5)  We will be united with our loved ones who have believed and life eternally with our Lord in Glory!  Have you responded to His call to eternal 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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Lazarus’ wake up call!

Scripture reading for May 20th: John 11:1-53

Death is something that we will all face, unless the Lord returns before we go through that experience.  Death has swallowed nearly 100 percent of all human beings.  The Bible records two in the Old Testament that did not see death: Enoch and Elijah.  Several were raised from the dead in both the Old Testament and New Testament.  One of the most notable is found in today’s reading in John Chapter 11: Lazarus!

Lazarus was the brother of Mary and Martha.  Jesus often stayed at their house in Bethany, just a short walk from Jerusalem.  Lazarus became sick and the family sent for Jesus to come.  Jesus purposely waited two days before traveling to see him.  Jesus had escaped stoning in that area right before this and the disciples were concerned about returning.  Jesus told them that Lazarus had fallen asleep and that He was going to wake him up.  The disciples did not understand that Lazarus had died so Jesus told them plainly.  He would raise him up so that they would believe!  (John 11:11-14)

When Jesus and the disciples arrived in Bethany, they found that Lazarus had been dead for four days.  Mary and Martha and the community were grieving.  Both Mary and Martha told Jesus that they knew that if He had been there, their brother would not have died.  Jesus saw their grief and was deeply moved with compassion and troubled in His spirit.  (John 11:33) Jesus began to weep Himself.  Comments were made by many of the mourners concerning Jesus’ show of emotion.  “See how He loved him!” and “Could not He who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?” (John 11:36-37)

As Jesus, deeply moved, came to the tomb, He commanded the stone be taken away from the entrance.  Martha was concerned that there would be a bad odor from the decaying body.  Jesus spoke: “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” (John 11:40) Jesus thanked the Father for hearing His petition, and then called out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” (John 11:43)  Lazarus appeared, wrapped in grave clothes and strips of linen!  What a sight to behold and what joy for those grieving!  Jesus held power over death and still does!  Be sure your name is in the Book of Life for a “wake-up” call!

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