Jesus Raises His Friend Lazarus from the Dead, Part 13 (Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign, Day 166)

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TEXT: John 11:38-42

38 Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it.

39 Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.

40 Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?

41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.

42 And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.

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Today, I am continuing the daily Just Jesus Evangelistic Campaign sermon series, which is aimed at sharing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with unbelievers and reminding Christians, in this important election year, to keep the main thing the main thing — and that is reaching unbelievers with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and praying for their salvation, for the problem in America is not only disobedient presidents, politicians, and people, but disobedient pastors, preachers, and parishioners who have refused to obey the Lord’s Great Commission which is to, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” and who have refused to obey God’s repeated commands to “pray without ceasing” for unbelievers, believers, and political leaders. Yes, you should pray for the right candidate to win; yes, you should vote for the candidate that the Lord gives you peace about voting for. But, don’t get caught up in it like the world does. Nothing much is going to change until people get saved and get their hearts right with the Lord.

This campaign is inspired by the following three verses: 1 Corinthians 2:2 which says, “For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Acts 5:42 which says, “And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” And 2 Timothy 2:4 which says, “No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

This series is not for Christians necessarily. However, I do hope you are one of those saints who still loves to hear the “Old, old story of Jesus and His love” — As another hymn says, “For those who know it best Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.” This series is primarily for unbelievers, so they can hear and understand the Gospel and be saved from sin and the punishment of sin which is hell. This is message number 166.

A.W. Pink said, “Daily living by faith in Christ is what makes the difference between the sickly and the healthy Christian, between the defeated and the victorious saint.”

One of the things we notice about Jesus in this story of Lazarus’ sickness and death is that, at no point, do we find Jesus rushing or in a hurry. For most of us, if we tell someone that their friend or family member is sick and near death, we would expect them to rush to the side of the ailing individual. But, not so, with Jesus.

After receiving Mary and Martha’s message, Jesus tarried where he was for three days. On the third day (or the morning of the fourth day), He walked to Bethany. He met Martha and some of the grieving community outside of the town. Then, He met Mary also outside of the town. Finally, He came to the place where Lazarus was buried, and it appears as though He stood at a distance from the tomb observing all the mourners who were present and was moved Himself.

Now, at last, He comes to stand in front of the tomb — a cave, with a stone rolled against the opening — and He gives a most unusual command. “Jesus said, Take ye away the stone.” Most normal people, under ordinary circumstances, no matter how much we miss the person who has died, do not think of going to dig up their grave. The Jews, in particular, would not have wanted to come in contact with a dead body because that would have made them ceremonially unclean. Martha expresses her confusion at Jesus’ request, saying, “Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.”

Jesus says, “Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?” His response is basically, ‘Martha, I know what I’m doing. Just trust Me.’ So, the people took away the stone from Lazarus’ grave. Some scholars have stated that the Jews relented to Jesus’ request because they thought that since He hadn’t been there when Lazarus had died, Jesus wanted to see the face of His friend one last time. Little did they know, Jesus had no plans on going into the tomb, rather He was going to call Lazarus out of the tomb.

By having Martha and the people to remove the stone, Jesus got them to participate in an act of faith. Lazarus, a dead man, was wrapped in linen and had a white cloth folded around his face. When he was resurrected, he would barely be able to walk, much less move a huge stone from the front of his own tomb.

By having the stone moved, Jesus was clearing the path for a miracle to take place. Of course, Jesus could have commanded the stone to move from its place, but I believe Jesus wanted Martha and others who were there who had faith in Him to take their faith and put it into practice. It is one thing to say, as Martha said, ‘Lord, I believe. Lord, I trust You.’ But it is another thing to actually act on that belief. Jesus had already received Martha’s profession of faith, now He called on her to act in faith believing.

Moving the stone did not make sense to Martha or to anyone else who was present at the time. Only Jesus knew what was going to happen next. But that is what it means to have faith: you don’t have to know or understand everything; you just have to believe and obey. That is the message I want to leave you with today. If you have believed on Jesus, you need to begin obeying Him. If you have not yet believed, I encourage you to believe as Martha did. Here is how you can do that right now.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please e-mail me at dw3@gospellightsociety.com and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.

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