Read John 11
Jesus time to lay his life down and fulfill his purpose here on earth is getting closer and so are his statements about who he is. The things he is choosing to do now are all directly related to revealing himself as one with his Father, God. He is consistently pointing toward himself as the way to be saved. We are seeing more and more clearly that he his all-knowing and sovereign.
It is easy to think of Jesus as a good man, as our friend. Those things are true about him. When he was here on earth he was a good man, the best man. He is our friend, we see his camaraderie, love and friendship with his disciples and others in the New Testament. Here in John 11 we see how he loved Mary, Martha and Lazarus.
Beyond all of that we also need to see Jesus as God the Son. The perfect, holy one of Israel. The only one that meets our need for an unblemished one to take the punishment for our sin.
Jesus as All Knowing
“But when Jesus heard it he said, ‘This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God that the Son of God may be glorified through it. ‘“ John 11:4
Jesus knew that Lazarus would not stay dead but would live again on earth for the glory of God and the glory of the Son of God.
What situation today do I need to trust the all knowing one who is working to reveal his identity to a lost, hurting, broken and needy world? Whatever we feel is happening in our current situations God is working something bigger out that our limited understand can’t fathom and our limited sight can’t see. He is all knowing.
Working for our Belief.
To believe God more is to know him deeper, to see him working more in and around us, to have the privilege to be a part of his plan. Jesus wants to be known, God the Father wants to be known, he sent God the Son to reveal himself to us. God wants to be believed, trusted and followed.
“Then Jesus told them plainly, ‘Lazarus has died and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. Let us go to him’” John 11:14-15
Where is God working in your life today to draw you deeper into a relationship with him built on trust and faith? What situation is he asking you to believe him in?
“Jesus said to her, ‘did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?’” John 11:40
Witnessing God’s glory builds our faith and changes us forever. God is working to draw us deeper to trust him more. Will you follow in belief?
Every chapter we see Jesus revealing more and more clearly who he is and why he had come. With the woman at the well, the man at the pool and the man born blind we see him go one on one and reveal himself. Here he makes a point to go to a place where there will be many people and make a public statement with his actions.
Jesus waited 4 days so no one could question if Lazarus was actually dead. There were many witnesses to his death, the mourning had been in full swing. He was aware that he would have an audience and he gave Martha a preview.
“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die, do you believe this?’” John 11: 25
Martha’s response was a solid, yes. So I must ask the question of myself, what is my answer? Do I firmly say, even in my darkest hour, “Yes Lord, I believe you are the Christ the Son of God…” ? This is at the heart of what God desires, belief in who he says he is and what he says he will do. Belief in his character of compassion. Belief in his gift of salvation. Do we believe today in a way that reflects in how we live our lives?
Jesus deity is confirmed when he calls for Lazarus to come out, doing what only God can do, giving life to that which was 4 days dead. He shows his oneness with God the Father in his prayer, stated for the people present recorded for you and me.
“‘…I say this on account of the people standing around, that they may believe that you sent me’” John 11:42
Life is hard and full of unknowns. In my humanity I often find myself questioning Jesus, his presence, his compassion and that he is at work on my behalf. John chapter 11 reminds me again that Jesus is working things out in ways that I could never have dreamed up. That his heart is full of love for me, that he feels deeply with me and he is drawing me deeper into relationship with him and as I follow I will see his glory and my faith will be strengthened.
- In your current situation what aspect of Jesus’ character found in John 11 is most comforting to you today? His compassion, that he knows and sees or his deity?
- Where in your life are you being called to follow deeper in faith and belief? What is stopping you?
- Spend some time in prayer and meditate on this passage, journal what your are learning about who God is and what he is doing in your life.
Steph is a mom to four girls and wife to one very supportive man. She is the Executive Director of Stories Foundation and is passionate about fighting for freedom both spiritual and physical. Her days consist of car pooling, ministry, parenting and lots of coffee.