Episode 30: “Come, Let’s Go.” 

May 12, 2023Dave Lambert
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One of my favorite New Testament stories is told by the Apostle John in the gospel account that bears his name. It's the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. I'm sure you remember it. It's not just a story about a miracle, however, it's also a story with many lessons and worth a short series, so let's begin and listen to it together: 

A man named Lazarus was sick. He lived in Bethany with his sisters, Mary and Martha....The two sisters sent a message to Jesus telling him, “Lord, Your dear friend is very sick.” But when Jesus heard about it he said, “Lazarus’ sickness will not end in death. No, it happened for the glory of God so that the Son of God will receive glory from this.” So although Jesus loved Martha, Mary, and Lazarus, He stayed where He was for the next two days. Finally, He said to his disciples, “Let’s go back to Judea.”...Then He said, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but now I will go and wake him up.” The disciples said, “Lord, if he is sleeping, he will soon get better!” They thought Jesus meant Lazarus was simply sleeping, but Jesus meant Lazarus had died. So He told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead. And for your sakes, I’m glad I wasn’t there, for now you will really believe. Come, let’s go see him.” (John 11:1, 3-7, 11-15) 

Lazarus, Mary, and Martha show up from time to time in the Gospels. They were a brother and two sisters who lived together and were close friends of Jesus and the disciples. In today's passage we read that Lazarus became ill, so his sisters sent Jesus a message hoping that He would stop what He was doing and come heal His dear friend. Jesus, however, didn't do anything about it. In fact, He waited for a few days, intentionally, putting it off. The disciples didn't mind. They didn't really want to go to Bethany because that's just a few miles down the road from Jerusalem, where the mob had just tried to stone Jesus to death. Two days later though, He said, “Hey guys, our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but now I will go and wake him up.”  The disciples didn't really get it, so Jesus had to be more direct, saying, “Lazarus is dead.” In our next episode, we'll read further into the story but for today, consider this: God has plans of His own and is not going to change His plans to accommodate what you and I think He ought to do.  

If we want to follow Him, we have to change our plans....in order to accommodate Him! And when we do, that always results in Good News!

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