For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. —Romans 15:4

Friday, January 23, 2009

Lazarus, come out!

John 11 43-46
43When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!" 44The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, "Take off the grave clothes and let him go." 45Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, put their faith in him. 46But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done.

This week in my New Testament class the teacher asked us to write a paper about Jesus and the problem with miracles. One of the miracles I looked at was where Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. The one Jesus wept over. Through much of this study, I’ve come closer to seeing Jesus human facets. Jesus life was one filled with struggle, heartache, joy and pain. Jesus never failed to seek God for guidance, comfort and strength. In his years of ministry, Jesus walked with authority and humility. He pursued the hearts of all people. Even though many Jews and government leaders despised him, he continued on in his purpose. Jesus was not just some lovey dovey, I’m ok, you’re ok spiritual leader, he took a stand for his Father, he spoke the truth. Though his miracles continuously offended the Pharisees and his work on the Sabbath fired up the Sanhedrin, Jesus continued to gain followers and win souls.

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