WHAT’S YOUR REACTION?

What’s your reaction when things seems to be hopeless and impossible? Let’s look at John 11. This is the popular story of the death of Lazarus. 

Death is the end of all things as we know, once someone is dead, his/her case is closed in everything concerning living on earth. Even a dead man who committed murder before he died cannot be charged to court after his death though his offence was grevious. 

Of interest to me are Three (3) reactions to the Death of Lazarus.. .The first is that of the disciples of Jesus, what was there reaction/response to the Death of Lazarus? John11:16 “Then Thomas (also known as Didymus ) said to the rest of the disciples,“Let us also go, that we may die with him.” The reaction of the disciples of Jesus to the Death of Lazarus was that of impossibility and a waste of time. You see,  they had earlier been persecuted in the same city(judea) were Lazarus died and so they felt going back there was dangerous and a waste of time because he (Lazarus) was already dead and that was the end of it….So why go back? 

Then there is the 2nd reaction from the Sisters of Lazarus, Mary and Martha in John 11: 21-22 “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.” Theirs was better. They have categorised the power and ability of Jesus to do all things by God based on the severity of the issue..For them, if it is headache, he can do it now, if it is cancer, he can still do it but will take more energy and therefore more time and if it is death, yes, he can do it but that will require more time, energy and direct permission from God Almighty Himself…Hahahaaa!!!!. So again, what is your reaction when faced with a hopeless and impossible circumstance? Do you say it’s impossible and quit or say it’s possible but very difficult and will require time and special anointing service and several pastors praying and fasting before it is done?…

Then there is the 3rd reaction and that is of Jesus to the issue of death. Jesus had several reactions, the first was his reaction to the sickness that caused the death John 11:3-4 “So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.”  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.” He saw sickness as a passing phase because in Psalm 91:16 the bible says “With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation” . 2ndly he saw restoring and blessing other lives as more important than his…. John 11:7 and then he said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.” He was willing to return to Judea where he was earlier persecuted in order to save a life..He is selfless in his obedience to the Almighty God. So Jesus was willing to die to save us who are either dying or already dead in sin. 3rdly, John 11:25-26 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;  and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” Jesus ultimate reaction was that of impossible can became possible ONLY IF YOU BELIEVE JESUS ALONE and the power of God to do all things in Christ which does not diminish nor increase, it is ever potent for all and every situation known to man, unknown to man, and will be known to man in this life and the one to come. So which reaction do you prefer? You should prefer Jesus reaction because the bible says in John 10:34 Jesus answered them,”Is it not written in your law, I have said you are gods” and the bible says in John 14:12 I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the father.”

Let your reaction to issues of life be like that of Jesus no matter how dire and impossible they might seem.  

Bless you all.

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