John 11:4 All For God’s Glory

When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” John 11:4

Sickness is something that no one likes in themselves or in anyone else. It is also something that people question as to why they are sick or how they got sick.

The more sick a person is, the scarier it is for most people. All they can see is the problems that the sickness brings on. In the eyes of most people, there is nothing good to be found in being sick.

Lazarus, who was a friend of Jesus, had become very sick. Jesus said that his sickness would not end in death, but be for the glory of God.

As people view sickness, all they see is the here and now, they cannot see the future clearly. The mountains of problems and pain is all that is clearly visible.

Although God does not really like sickness, since it came with sin, He does use it. It can be used to slow a person down, get a person to look up to Him, and to bring God glory. God gets glory not only when He heals, but also when He brings a person through it to either healing or to eternity in heaven with Him.

If Lazarus had never had the sickness he would never have died, thus Jesus would never have been able to raise him from the dead. In it God was able to receive glory.

Without any problems or sicknesses, one would not know or understand what it is like to be healed or have a problem solved. In not having been healed or a problem solved, they would also not know or understand what God is able to do.

You or someone you know and love may be going through some sickness. While it is painful to feel or see, you must put your eyes on Jesus and trust Him in the situation.

Do not give the devil a foothold with complaining or fear of the sickness. Allow God to get all the glory in the sickness. Trust Him to either heal or bring you through it by His strength and power.

The ‘worst’ thing that can happen in sickness is death. For the believer, death brings about eternal life, which is far greater than life on this earth.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will heal you and your loved ones of all sickness; that God will get glory in any sickness you may get; and that you will trust God in every situation in your life.

John 11:14-15 A Negative Used For Good

So then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead, and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” John 11:14-15

No one likes to see bad things occur to someone they love. It is painful to see a loved one suffer or to die.

When a loved one is suffering badly and has a great possibility of dying, most people will do whatever they can to prevent the death and alleviate the suffering. All that can be seen is the pain and suffering and that it must be stopped.

Lazarus had been sick and Jesus chose not to go to him. Later Lazarus dies. Jesus was glad He did not go to Lazarus while he was sick, but now goes to him. Jesus had the power to heal Lazarus and prevent death, but was glad that He did not do that. He had something greater in mind.

Humans can only see the here and now, they cannot see the future or even the bigger picture. God is greater than any thing that can come against a person. He can turn around a situation in a moment, but often does not.

The purpose of allowing suffering is to build a person in his faith. Healing a person is a great miracle, but raising one from the dead is even a greater miracle. One builds the faith some, while the other builds it a lot.

There are times God allows a time of pain and suffering to occur to allow a person to draw closer to Him. Believers are to rely completely upon God and trust His way of doing things. As one does this greater things can occur, the dead is raised to life, rather than just another healing.

As you are going through life, there will be times of pain and suffering. As you cry out to God for mercy, do not allow yourself to think that there is only one way to fix the problem. Put your trust in God, His timing and His ways.

God can do things in a greater way than you can imagine. He will do things in a way that will be for your benefit.

Allow Him to build your faith and trust in Him. Believe that God knows what He is doing and will do it in the best way possible.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know you can trust God’s ways of doing things; that your faith in God will grow; and that you will see greater miracles of God being performed.

Faith: Jesus–The Ultimate Faith

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Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.” John 5:19

So they took the away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.” John 11:41-42

“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” Luke 22:42

After looking at several people of faith through the Old and New Testament, we come to one who has the perfect, ultimate faith–Jesus. It is only because of Jesus that anyone can be saved and have a real faith in God.

Although volumes could be written on the faith of Jesus and throughout the gospels there are many examples of Him showing faith, I will only be looking at a couple of areas. Each of these are things Jesus said and did that showed His faith in the Father.

Looking at John 5:19 Jesus states what faith looks like, although He does not use the word ‘faith’ in His comment. He states that he only does what He sees the Father doing. Although this is talking about seeing, and faith is about not seeing, this does show faith also.

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Doing only what God is doing is showing faith that you believe that what God is doing is the best thing to do. Think about this for a minute. Often we state that we believe God, but then He tells us to do something and what do we do? We begin to question it, rather than have faith and believe it.

God is never going to ask you to do something that is not in your best interest. Whatever you do should bring you or someone else closer to God. Your life is to be a light shining the gospel message of Jesus to this world.

In order to be that shining light, you must have faith in God. You must have faith in what Jesus said and did. You must have faith that what God said He will do. Jesus did all these things.

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Now let’s look at one time Jesus showed His faith in the Father. It is found in the story of Lazarus dying and Jesus raising him from the dead. Lazarus had been dead and buried for several days. In the eyes of the world, there was no more hope for him, it was over. Yet, Jesus goes to raise him from the dead.

As He gets ready to raise Lazarus up, He talks to the Father out loud. He thanks God for hearing Him. This was done to be a witness to the people. Jesus was saying that He had faith in that the Father would hear Him and do what was needed to be done.

As soon as Jesus had said this, He called Lazarus to rise up and come out of the grave. Lazarus did rise from the dead immediately.

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You can have that same faith today. Listen to what God is saying and doing and then do the same things. God will hear you and answer your prayers, when offered in faith, believing. These are not selfish prayers, but prayers and actions that do what God is wanting to do.

The final act of faith that Jesus portrayed was when He was in the garden preparing for His death upon the cross. When He was going to die upon the cross, He would go through not only physical pain, but emotional and spiritual suffering.

Think about this for a moment, Jesus had been with His Father for all eternity and now He would be separated for a time from Him. Not only would He be separated, but Jesus would also have to bear all the anger of God against all sin of all mankind for all time.

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While Jesus was in the garden preparing for the death, He actually asks the Father if there could be some other way to do what needed to be done. Yet, He did not stop there. Jesus was willing to do what the Father said needed to be done–die on the cross.

You may be wondering now how does this show faith. Good question. It shows faith, because Jesus was going to be struck by His Father with great anger and wrath. He was going to be killed.

For most people, when they die it is over. There is no more life. There appears to be no more hope.

To walk forward into death appears to be giving up, suicidal. Yet, Jesus had faith that God would raise Him from the dead when it was over. He had faith that this was the best way to save every person on this earth. He had to have faith that the Father knew He was perfect and did not have to die for His own sins and stay dead.

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How can this help you? Just as Jesus went forward to a extremely painful death upon the cross for you, you must be willing to go forward with what God has planned for your life.

There will be times that God will ask you to step forward into doing something that may appear to be the finish line for you. It may look like death to you. It can be scary and painful. Yet, it is what is best for you and everyone else.

Do not back down, but go forward in faith, believing, as Jesus did, that what He asked you to do is the best thing to do. Jesus gave His Holy Spirit to empower you and guide you in the ways of God. He did not leave you alone. Have faith that God is with you.

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When you are struggling in life or God asks you to do something crazy, think about what Jesus did. Look at His faith and draw upon it for yourself. Go forward with the faith of Jesus in your life and walk with God. Have the ultimate faith!

John 11:43 Jesus Says “Come Out!”

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When he had said this, Jesus called out in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” John 11:43

Lazarus had been sick and died. Jesus went to his home and everyone wondered why He had not been there sooner to heal Lazarus. Lazarus had been dead and buried for four days. Jesus went to the tomb, had the stone rolled away and then called out loud for Lazarus to come out of the tomb. Lazarus did arise and come out.

When people are in a dangerous situation or area, others will tell them to get out or some may call for them to come out of the danger. Most people do not want to see another person in danger. In the case of a house being on fire, everyone calls out for anyone who is inside to come on out as quickly as possible.

During times when there is a hurricane threatening a city, people are told to come out of the city and find shelter somewhere safe. The place that they are in is a place of death or will become a place of death.

Although physical death is a danger, there is a greater death that surrounds many people and most do not even realize it. It is a spiritual death. The majority of the people in the world are in a spiritual grave of death and sin. They are trapped behind a large stone that they themselves cannot remove.

Jesus had the stone removed by His death upon the cross. He now stands outside the tomb of death calling to everyone to come out. They are to come out of a tomb of sin and rebellion. They are to come out of the bondages of the tomb caused by sin. God is calling people to step out of a lifestyle of sin and rejection of Jesus, into an eternal, filled life.

You may be one who has never stepped out of the tomb of death. You may also be one who has went back into the tomb of death and sin.

If you have never stepped out of the tomb into life or you went back in, you must step out to what Jesus has for you. Get up as Lazarus had done and walk out of sin to Jesus. He offers forgiveness and life. 

Do not stay in the tomb of death, but come out!

I pray today that you will know the life Jesus provides; that God will help you step out of a life of sin; that you will know the forgiveness Jesus offers; and that you will live for God.

John 11:7-8 Go, Despite The Danger

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and then he said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.” “But Rabbi,” they said, “a short while ago the Jews there tried to stone you, and yet you are going back?” John 11:7-8

Jesus and the disciples had just heard that Lazarus was sick. After waiting a few days, Jesus said they must go to Judea, where Lazarus was. The disciples reminded Him that the Jews there had been trying to kill Him and wondered why He would want to go there.

Avoiding danger is something that most people like to do. When they see a dangerous situation ahead, they try to go a different direction.

People do not like to intentionally walk into a dangerous situation. They try to avoid danger with any means possible. Danger always means trouble, pain, and suffering. And people do not like to have any of those at all.

When danger is absolutely unavoidable, people will then walk into danger. Soldiers, fireman, and policemen are known for walking into dangerous situations. That is a part of the job and their duty to others. They are there to help someone else out who is in danger.

Jesus knew the possible danger that was connected with going back to Judea, yet, He chose to go there anyways. He knew that He needed to go there in order to raise Lazarus from the dead. The people needed to know that they could be saved, even from death. Jesus also knew that He would be going during the day and that God His Father was with Him.

Believers are to be just like Jesus. They need to know where God is leading them to be a witness. At times, some will be lead into a dangerous area or situation. It may cost them their lives, however, to not go may cost someone else their eternal life.

As a believer, you must be willing to go where God leads you, even if it means into a dangerous situation. You must know that God is in control and that someone there needs to see or hear your testimony.

Do not fear the danger, because at most, all that can happen is you die. They may want to kill you, but since God is in control, they cannot kill you unless He allows them to do so.

So despite any danger involved, go and be a witness of Jesus.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for all people; that you will not fear any danger in front of you; that you will be a witness for Jesus to everyone; and that God will use you to reach the lost.