Probably, the most awesome characteristic of our Lord is his ability to take the impossible and change it to the incontrovertible. In the midst of the confusion, the grief and the utter hopelessness of the death of Lazarus, Jesus utters three words that make his claims incontrovertible—Lazarus Come Forth!
The timing could not have been more perfect—the Jews that had questioned his claims for years–looked at him with a mixture of disbelief and pity. His disciples stood in awe and silence–both doubting and hoping that his confidence had not exceeded his abilities. Mary and Martha were grieving and fearing not only the loss of their brother; but also their faith. Jesus was resolute and resigned that the next minutes would start a new chapter in his friends’ lives and open the last chapter of his ministry on earth.
Lazarus came forth and was restored to life—no question. Four days dead and now completely restored. His critics stood silent, his disciples jubilant and his friends in shock, enraptured and now ever sure he is the Messiah.
God remains the master of the miraculous. If any of us would simply sit down and list the prayers we have personally seen answered, we would have to admit his deity and power are incontrovertible. The enemy, however continuously deflects and distracts us—his goal is to change our focus back to ourselves and see our circumstances as impossible. When we live there, I am sure Jesus sees our pain. Then, as with Mary, I am sure he weeps with us in our grief—not because he is powerless to help, but, because he hates to see us hurt. But, the joyful message is—God is God and we are not!!! His Power, His Authority and His Plan are each and all incontrovertible!
God Bless You
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?”
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?”
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.”