People say, “God’s Not Fair”

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Daily Spirit & Word: 785: “God’s Not Fair”

That’s what some people say, “God’s not just or fair”

Good morning my friends, you’ve probably all heard non-Christians and atheists say, “How can there be a God when there is so much evil, hatred and injustice in this world?” It’s like they are judging God and therefore reason that they don’t need to bother believing in him.

In our verse today, you’ll note that it was a constant complaint of the Israelites about their own God. “God is not fair”

Listen in to what God is saying in response to them:

Ezekiel 18:25-29 (NKJV)
25  “Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not fair.’ Hear now, O house of Israel, is it not My way which is fair, and your ways which are not fair?
26  When a righteous man turns away from his righteousness, commits iniquity, and dies in it, it is because of the iniquity which he has done that he dies.
27  Again, when a wicked man turns away from the wickedness which he committed, and does what is lawful and right, he preserves himself alive.
28  Because he considers and turns away from all the transgressions which he committed, he shall surely live; he shall not die.
29  Yet the house of Israel says, ‘The way of the Lord is not fair.’ O house of Israel, is it not My ways which are fair, and your ways which are not fair?

In the Hebrew in which the Old Testament was written, the actual word for “fair” used in these verses was “unequal” referring to the unequal scales. Scales were used to measure grain and they were balance scales, when they were balanced a trade was fair and sealed, it’s done because we can see the scales are balanced, but what they are accusing God of is using unbalanced or unequal scales.

However, the LORD turns their argument on it’s head and accuses / complains back to the Israelites:

“It’s YOU who are not fair” or “It’s YOU Israelites who are using unbalanced / unequal scales”.

Both God and Israel are complaining in our passage.

The People said, “The way of the Lord is not fair”…

God responds, “Your ways are not fair”…

Who’s right?

This verse is repeated three more times in Ezekiel. It is basically God answering Israel’s complaints and setting the record straight.

Complaint about God. “Yet you say, The way of the Lord is not fair.”

First, it accuses God of being unfair. So the people here are accusing God of being unfair to man, of being unfaithful, untruthful, unjust towards them.

Yet when we look at God’s answer: You’ll note it’s because of the wickedness the Israelites have committed they are suffering.

Do not blame God for all the evil in this world; it is not God’s fault.

Think about Syria, the bombing and destruction, and all those poor people suffering; but when they showed a Christian Minister on the News last night, his church was blown to bit, dust and rubble. Most of the Christians had either been killed or had fled Syria. He remained in the land, but he was not screaming at God or accusing God. All he talked about was PEACE. Christians, Jews and Muslims seemed to get along in Syria for many generations, but now, they are killing the Christians and the Jews, they’ve been driven from the land of Syria or they have been murdered and now the Muslims are bombing each other.

Who’s to blame? It’s NOT GOD!

Sometimes, we do the same things as the Israelites: We may not say it out loud, but we might say it in our attitude or in the ways we serve the Lord.

For example: We know God wants us to live a certain way. We pray and ask God for something. He doesn’t respond as quickly as we’d want Him to. So we drag our feet in our Christian service. We become slack in our worship, praise and adoration of God. Just because He’s not doing things the way we want Him to.

We want God to bless our ways, but He wants us to serve Him always.

Also we cry out to God to bestow financial blessings in our lives, while we are tight and stingy when the offering plate is passed in our gatherings.

One of the ways the LORD has decided to test us is in the way we GIVE: It’s also one of the ways that we can and are encouraged by God to TEST HIM…

My friends, if we are FAIR in the ways we serve the LORD, He will OPEN up Heaven into our lives.

It’s NOT God’s WAYS that are unfair, unjust or unbalanced, but our own.

God doesn’t hate us, He loves us so much, and wants to bless our lives, but; death, destruction, cheating and craftiness are man’s ways; so mankind reaps what he sows.

God Speaking: “Yet the house of Israel says, ‘The way of the Lord is not fair.’ O house of Israel, is it not My ways which are fair, and your ways which are not fair?”

Let’s determine in our heart today, to be the people God wants us to be.

  • He’s revealed in the Bible: “Love your neighbour as yourself”
  • He’s also revealed: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength”…
  • When God looks at your life today, will He see you being fair or unjust? Will He see you being; loving, kind, generous, faithful, gentle, good and self-controlled?

From yesterday’s teaching, we know that these things are the FRUIT of the Holy Spirit in our lives. If you are struggling in any of these areas, then God’s got some resourses He’s longing to pour into your life today: The fruit and gifts of the Holy Spirit.

I’m praying for all my friends today that God will richly bless you in every way.

I’m also praying you’ll be the joy filled servants of the LORD! That You’ll KNOW God is ALWAYS FAIR.

Psalm 145:17-19 (NIV)
17  The LORD is righteous in all his ways and loving towards all he has made.
18  The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
19  He fulfils the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.

God is ONLY A PRAYER AWAY!

Amen!

Don.

You Are Wonderfully Made By God

When God made you, He didn't make a mistake, you are beautiful to God

Daily Spirit & Word: 763:

You Are Wonderfully Made by God.

PART 3:

Psalm 139:13-18

 

You might find this hard to believe my friends, but it’s true; YOU ARE WONDERFUL. Don’t let anybody tell you any differently, don’t even think about changing the way you’ve been made, because God likes you just the way He made you. In fact He loves you just as you are. Nothing you could do could ever stop God loving you.

Psalm 139:13-18 (NIV)
13  For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
15  My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
16  your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
17  How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!
18  Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. When I awake, I am still with you.

God Made YOU Wonderfully—You Can’t Ignore Him (vv. 13-18)

These are the most wonderful words ever written about the miracle of human conception, pregnancy and birth.

When a little baby is being formed, we don’t think too much about how big it is, but when you see the most modern 3D scans, you simply marvel. One of the ladies in our church came back and showed me the picture of the baby in her womb, I didn’t look at the picture too much, but I saw the look on her face “MARVEL and JOY”…

In this Psalm King David revealed something AWESOME: God’s not just watching us being formed in the womb, He’s the ONE who’s doing the knitting together. Think about that, God made Adam and Eve right? But He has never stopped at Adam and Eve, He’s continuing to MAKE (Form, Weave, Knit) every single creature on the Earth even today. It’s God who’s doing all the knitting together.

  1. YOU ARE MADE BY GOD:

“You knit me together in my mother’s womb”.

Did you know that?

You are knitted by the LORD (The Word “Knitted” in this Psalm is also translated as “Woven” in other parts of the Bible).

When something is woven, when you weave something, it takes time, care, dedication and skill. No wonder King David said “I am fearfully and wonderfully made” He must have been thinking about his own hands, his own articulation, the way he can move his fingers, hands, feet, head, eyes, tongue. How he can see, smell, taste, touch and hear. How he can think, know and understand this world. When you think about HOW humans are made (Woven and Knitted) and what we’re capable of just to survive in this hostile world, we MARVEL as King David did.

Every child ever conceived is MADE IN THE IMAGE OF GOD, even today.

Genesis 1:27 (NIV) “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”

That’s why we can’t commit murder or take another human life (except for the reasons that God gives us in His Word). It most certainly rules out abortion because that infant is inconvenient at this moment in time. Have you ever noticed that when someone wants to kill the baby in the womb, they don’t call it a baby, they call it a foetus? Nobody bats an eyelid when someone has an abortion today. They’ve taken the preciousness out of LIFE.

The focus today is upon the Mother’s human rights, because it’s her body. Because it’s her body she has the right to do with it what she wants. Well, is that TRUE? We’ve got to ask that question today? Is that woman’s body her own? NO! It’s not. It’s not true at all my friends, it’s not her body, because her body belongs to God. You belong to God because He made you and you are His.

Psalm 100:3 (NIV) “Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.”

So EVERY baby belongs to God. Every woman belongs to God. Every man, boy, girl, baby belongs to God. You are HIS, you belong to HIM, because HE made you. Therefore the TRUTH is, because you are HIS you don’t have any right to do what you want with your own body. You can only DO what HE gives you permission to do.

When you understand and know and submit to this TRUTH: there’s wonderful FREEDOM, SECURITY and JOY in this precious and awesome life He’s give you.

So if God was there in the forming of your life, He made you, you belong to Him, why did He make you?

2) WHY DID GOD MAKE YOU?

Probably the biggest question human beings ever ask: “Why on earth am I here?”

The LORD has a very special purpose for each human life that is formed and fashioned in the womb.

Think about your family and friends, every one of them is different and unique, they each have skills and abilities that are special to them. Praise God for the amazing diversity in His Creation. However, when you stand back and look at human beings as you would a Gorilla, you think they are all the same, they are NOT. Even monkeys and apes have their own personality. Dogs are all different and so are human beings.

  • Go to any Dairy Farmer and he’ll tell you the personality traits of each and every one of his cows.
  • Go to a Horse Stables: The stable hand will tell you “Every Horse has it’s own traits and personality”.
  • Go visit Battersea Dog’s home, the Staff will tell you the traits of personality of every dog they look after.

My friends, EVERY CREATURE that God makes, has it’s OWN UNIQUE PERSONALITY: LIFE is precious, so precious to God. He makes EVERY CREATURE INDIVIDUALLY.

When we accept this TRUTH, we discover we don’t need to be like someone else. We are made just the way God wants us to be.

God formed us as He wants us to be, and we’ve just got to accept His will, you might not like the way God made you, but look again, because you are BEAUTIFUL to HIM, He loves you just the way you are. You don’t need to change a thing about the way you look because to God, you are PERFECT.

So that removes the temptation to compare ourselves with others or think they are better than us, because you are the way God made you to be. When you can accept that TRUTH, guess what comes into your hearts?

  • PEACE about who you are.
  • JOY about yourself.
  • LOVE because God loves the way He’s made you.
  • CONTENTMENT: You don’t need to change the way you look.
  • PURPOSE: Because of HOW He’s made you, the skills He’s given you, you can use your LIFE for His Glory.

I was so touched the other day when I heard about a man born with short arms and legs, Brian Gault (Google it). “Look, No Hands”

He was a Thalidomide Baby: But He gives thanks and praise to the LORD.

Yes it was because of a DRUG he was malformed, but He knows God made him and put him together in a very special and wonderful way.

You too have been formed by God: So THANK HIM for the way He made you. Live joyfully knowing He loves you. Be contented because you don’t need to change a thing. If someone is putting pressure on you to CHANGE, just tell them, “God made me just the way I am, and I’m happy with that”… Say to yourself “God LOVE me, because He made me who I am”…

3) YOUR DAYS ARE NUMBERED.

God didn’t just put you together and design you the way you are; He also knows exactly how long you’ve got left on this earth, because each day of your life is written in His book of life.

Psalm 139:16  “Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”

This includes the length of life (Job 14:5)

Job 14:5 (NIV) “Man’s days are determined; you have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed.”

The tasks He wants us to perform (Eph. 2:10; Phil. 2:12-13).

Ephesians 2:10 (NIV) “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

Philippians 2:12-13 (NIV) Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence; continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13  for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.

You are NOT a Robot: You are not a computer program with a pre-determined set of instructions that you must perform as God designed. No my friends, He made you like Himself with a free will, but know this DEEPER TRUTH, God did create you because of HIS LOVE. He loves you enough to let you live in freedom. However, that doesn’t mean we can just live as we choose, He set limits on how we should live on the earth, because you are precious to Him, He cares for you and doesn’t want any harm to come to a single soul that He’s taken the time to make, to knit, to weave. However, God also takes a risk, He wants us to live and enjoy life and choose to live in that freedom within the bounds He’s set.

If we live foolishly, we might die before the time God has ordained. We might loose our right to live by choosing to abuse the privilege of the freedom in this precious life.

Because our days are NUMBERED let’s live them as God wants, because one day we’re going to meet Him and give an account for how we’ve used the gift of life He gave us.

4) IGNORANT OF GOD

Many people today choose to live in ignorance of God. Claiming they KNOW there is no God. They proudly call themselves Atheists (People without a God). or People without a belief in God. When the Bible calls men and woman who believe this “FOOLISH”, he didn’t mean without intelligence, because many Atheists are the most intelligent people on the earth today. However, God means foolish in the sense that they KNOW better. or they SHOULD KNOW BETTER.

It’s like a child being warned not to touch a hot surface because they’ll get burned. They put their hand close and feel the heat, but does that stop them? No! Why? Because they are foolish, they reach out their hand and get burned. An Atheist is ignorant of God on purpose and that’s what’s foolish. That’s why God says;

Psalm 14:1-3 (NIV)
1  [For the director of music. Of David.] The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no-one who does good.
2  The LORD looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God.
3  All have turned aside, they have together become corrupt; there is no-one who does good, not even one.

All the evidence for Gravity has been with us since Creation, but it took Sir Isaac Newton to define the Law of Gravity. He didn’t invent Gravity, He just gave it a name. My friends can you imagine anyone ever saying, “I don’t believe in Gravity because I’ve never seen it”… How foolish that would be. Just as Gravity is REAL, so is God. He made the whole universe as a PROOF that there is a Creator.

If you know someone who’s a proud Atheist, then just tell them to stop being foolish, because they KNOW there is a God. They are just being ignorant on purpose. (Denial is not Just a River).

Romans 1:18-20 (NIV)
18  The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness,
19  since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.
20  For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men (human beings) are without excuse.

Just one look at Creation tells you there must be a Creator.

Just one look at you fingerprint, your eye, your hair, and you’ll know, “this couldn’t have happened by accident”. You’ll KNOW as King David did, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made”. I can just imagine King David, looking at his fingers as he’s composing this Psalm, marveling at their articulation, bending his wrist and arm and thinking “WOWzer! You did a great job Father God. I truly am fearfully and wonderfully made”…

5) What God KNOWS.

Finally, when King David thought about ALL THAT GOD KNOWS, he considered himself a fool in comparison.

Psalm 139:17-18:
17  How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!
18  Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. When I awake, I am still with you.

This picture language of King David here is, “Every grain of sand is like just one of God’s precious thoughts” I know I’ll try and count them, One, two, three, four,,,, He falls asleep, He falls asleep trying to count the grains of sand… Then He wakes up and discovers something AWESOME “When I awayke, I am still with you”….

God is still there my friend. He’s with King David when he awakes from his effort to count all of God’s thoughts.

My friends, we cannot FATHOM God, we can’t MEASURE Him: But we can KNOW HIM.

You too can KNOW that God is right here with you today. He’s right beside you, but He wants to be even close than that: He wants to be IN YOU…

Have you experienced the PRESENCE of God in your life today?

YOU CAN: If you’ll just stop trying to figure God out, stop doubting, stop trying to limit God by your human endeavour to know HIM. He’s there, accept it, believe it and know it.

CONCLUSION:

No my friends, God made you, you are HIS, you are fearfully and wonderfully MADE.

When He made you in His Image: He made a perfect soul, with your own personality, your own traits and nature, you are individually and specially crafted by God and He’s given you the breath of life for His purposes. Each day of your life is written in His book of life before even one of them begins.

I’m reminded by a saying that Daniel Cozens used, “I’m not what I should be, I’m not what I could be, I’m not what I will be, but by the grace of God, I am what I am”.

My friends, you are not an accident, you were knitted by God on purpose and for His LOVE.

Praise the LORD today for the way He made you. God doesn’t make mistakes, so go and look in your mirror at home and say to the LORD, “I just thank You Father, for making me, me”… It comes from the Childrens Hymn “If I were a Butterfly”… There’s so much awesome TRUTH in some of our Schoolchildren’s Hymns.

Chorus: (If I were a Butterfly).
For you gave me a heart, And you gave me a smile,
You gave me Jesus, And You made me Your child,
Oh I Just thank you Father, for making me, me.

You are wonderfully made by God.

Praise the LORD!

Don.

HOW TO KNOW GOD: 

Kind David was a man who was filled and anointed by the Holy Spirit of God. He KNEW God personally. You too can discover the amazing power and presence of God and be filled to overflowing with Holy Spirit.

KNOWING GOD PERSONALLY

Psalm 139: Part 1: God Knows Me Intimately.

Psalm 139: Part 2: God Will NEVER Let Go of My Hand.

Psalm 139: Part 3: God Made Me Wonderfully

 

 

The Kind of Friend We Have In Jesus

Lazarus brought back to life so that we could believe in Jesus Christ

Daily Spirit & Word: 704:

The Kind of Friend We Have In Jesus.

Jesus The Creator God:

Colossians 1:15-17 (NLT) Jesus Christ Is Creator God.
15  Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, 16  for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see— such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. 17  He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.

Colossians 1:15-17 (NKJV).

Good morning my friends, our START Course last night to prepare two children for Baptism with their parents was amazing. The questions children ask are often most honest and very thought provoking. They are not afraid to ask, “Why is there so much suffering, violence, war and hatred or evil in the world?” and “If God is so good, why doesn’t He stop it?”. We had a Swing-o-meter in the Video and in our booklet, this was to show where we are currently in our belief in the existence of God. It’s always an eye-opener for me when that question is asked, because quite often people will be ready to be more honest with a drawing or video than they will be in church. Far too often we respond with what we expect people want to hear, rather than what we actually believe.

Does God Exist? How can He Prove Himself to you?

Last night I explained, that God reveals Himself to us in many different ways: Through Creation, through prayer, through praise and worship, through the circumstances we go through in life, through the Bible, but ultimately God has already revealed Himself most fully in the person of His Son He sent to Earth. If you want to see what God is like, then look at the life, teachings and actions of Jesus Christ. These are recorded in the four Gospels, but also prophesied hundreds of years before Jesus was even born in Bethlehem.

You’ve heard that God is good, God is kind and God wants to be your friend, right?

But HOW can we know this is true?

You probably know that famous hymn; “What A Friend We Have In Jesus”… Well, we can clearly see the kind of friend we have in Jesus from the eleventh chapter in the Gospel of John. (Read it in full at bottom of page).

What Kind of a Friend Do We Have in Jesus?. John 11.

Jesus Is The Greatest Person Who Ever Lived.

  1. Jesus is The Listening Friend. “Jesus heard” (John 11:4).
  2. Jesus is The Loving Lord. “Jesus loved” (John 11:5).
  3. Jesus is The Gracious Teacher. “Jesus answered” (John 11:9).
  4. Jesus is The Wonderful Speaker. “Jesus said” and “spoke” (John 11:13, 23).
  5. Jesus Timing is Perfect. “Jesus came” (John 11:17).
  6. Jesus Presence Means Power. “Mary came to Jesus” (John 11:32).
  7. Jesus Sees Our Tears “Jesus saw her tears” (John 11:33).
  8. Jesus is Touched by our troubles. “He was deeply moved in Spirit” (John 11:33, 38).
  9. Jesus is The Weeping Saviour. “Jesus wept” (John 11:35).
  10. Jesus is God, The Son. “Jesus looked up and said, “Father”” (John 11:41). 
  11. Jesus WORDS mean LIFE: The Giver of Life. “He shouted Lazarus come out” (John 11:43). 
  12. Jesus Miracle Works Enable Belief, . “Jesus did… done” (John 11:45, 46). 
  13. The Undisputed Witness. “This Man does many miracles” (John 11:47). 
  14. The Delivering Substitute. “Jesus should die” (John 11:51, 53).

If you’ve ever doubted the existence of God, then take an honest look at yourself in a mirror and ask this question, “Could something as wonderful as me have happened by accident?” 😛  My friends, You are fearfully and wonderfully made, Psalm 139.

Colossians 1:15-17 (NLT) Jesus Christ Is Creator God.
15  Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, 16  for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see— such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. 17  He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.

Jesus Is The Greatest Person Who Ever Lived Upon The EARTH.

Jesus Christ Is God: He always was, always will be.

The greatest person who ever lived wants to be your friend too: Click Here. What is the Second Death?

The Good News of Jesus Christ

Have and exciting journey of discovery about God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

Prayer: O Lord God Almighty, Father will You please let us see Your Glory in the face of Jesus Christ through faith? I’ve seen today that Jesus is the kind of friend I need in my life. I’m coming afresh to you today Lord. I want to love You, Know You, Experience You more today than ever before. Fill me afresh with Holy Spirit. In the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ my Lord and Saviour, Amen!

Don.

Bible Account of Lazarus: John Chapter 11.

John 11:1-16 (NIV)
1 Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.
2  This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair.
3  So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.”
4  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.”
5  Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.
6  Yet when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days.
7  Then he said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.”
8  “But Rabbi,” they said, “a short while ago the Jews tried to stone you, and yet you are going back there?”
9  Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? A man who walks by day will not stumble, for he sees by this world’s light.
10  It is when he walks by night that he stumbles, for he has no light.”
11  After he had said this, he went on to tell them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.”
12  His disciples replied, “Lord, if he sleeps, he will get better.”
13  Jesus had been speaking of his death, but his disciples thought he meant natural sleep.
14  So then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead,
15  and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.”
16  Then Thomas (called Didymus) said to the rest of the disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”
So much more is revealed in the above account that simply the death of Lazarus: Jesus knowledge about all things. His Divinity “The Son of God”. How God the Father used bringing someone back from the dead to enable people to have faith in Jesus Christ.

The Grief-Stricken Sisters Are Comforted by Jesus.

John 11:17-37 (NIV)
17  On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days.
18  Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem,
19  and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother.
20  When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.
21  “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died.
22  But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”
23  Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
24  Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”
25  Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies;
26  and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
27  “Yes, Lord,” she told him, “I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.”
28  And after she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside. “The Teacher is here,” she said, “and is asking for you.”
29  When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him.
30  Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him.
31  When the Jews who had been with Mary in the house, comforting her, noticed how quickly she got up and went out, they followed her, supposing she was going to the tomb to mourn there.
32  When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”
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?”

The Shortest Verse in the Bible reveals Jesus’ compassion: John 11:35 “Jesus wept”… He feels what we are going through deeply in His Spirit, even today. God cares deeply about what you experience in this life.

Verse 25: reveals that Jesus Christ, Himself God, is the source of LIFE on Planet Earth: All things were Created by Him and for Him.

Colossians 1:15-17 (NLT) Jesus Christ Is Creator God.
15  Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, 16  for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see— such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. 17  He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.

Jesus Raises Lazarus From The Dead

What a powerful miracle you are about to read.

John 11:38-45 (NIV)
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 odour, for he has been there four days.”
40  Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?”
41  So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me.
42  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.”
43  When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”
44  The 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.”
45  Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, put their faith in him.

My friends, Lazarus was brought back to life so that we could see this miracle and believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and to enable us to put our faith and trust in Him. Like Lazarus, we are all born Spiritually dead, but Jesus purpose in coming into this world is that we might experience New Birth and see New Life, full life and be “born of the Spirit”. It’s as if Jesus is saying to every single one of us; “Take off the grave clothes and let him go”… He wants to open our eyes and let us see His glory today. Put your faith and trust in the Living God, the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen!