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Friends Don’t Let Friends . . . Die! (A Study of John 11) Part 19

“Take away the stone,” Jesus commanded. The barrier that kept wild animals away from Lazarus’ corpse also sealed his body in that place of death. Let’s go over our section once more …

33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. 34 “Where have you laid him?” he asked.

“Come and see, Lord,” they replied.

35 Jesus wept.

36 Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”

37 But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”

Jesus Raises Lazarus From the Dead

38 Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. 39 “Take away the stone,” he said.

“But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.”

40 Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”

Don’t you just love the unembellished logic of Martha? When Jesus says, “Take away the stone,” she replies, “Uh, Lord, you might need to hold your nose. There’s going to be a four-day-old stench!”

I’m told there is almost nothing that reeks as badly as a dead human body. But Jesus’ response to Martha’s warning is a mild rebuke: “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” (v. 4). The glory of God! A divine promise — with a condition: “if you believe.”

What nature and sin had taken Jesus was going to restore — to the glory of God. A glory that could be seen. Don’t you wish you had been there? (to be continued)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on November 26, 2017 in GLORY OF GOD

 

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Psalms of the Salter: Some Thoughts on Really Living for the Lord (Psalm 47)

Psalm 47

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Clap your hands, all you nations;
    shout to God with cries of joy.

For the Lord Most High is awesome,
    the great King over all the earth.
He subdued nations under us,
    peoples under our feet.
He chose our inheritance for us,
    the pride of Jacob, whom he loved.

God has ascended amid shouts of joy,
    the Lord amid the sounding of trumpets.
Sing praises to God, sing praises;
    sing praises to our King, sing praises.
For God is the King of all the earth;
    sing to him a psalm of praise.

God reigns over the nations;
    God is seated on his holy throne.
The nobles of the nations assemble
    as the people of the God of Abraham,
for the kings of the earth belong to God;
    he is greatly exalted.

 
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Posted by on October 11, 2016 in GLORY OF GOD

 

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