He’s Dead and Buried
Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 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.” (vv. 41-42)
“It is an impossible situation!” “There is just no way! It cannot be done!” “I don’t care who you are, you cannot fix this!” Lazarus, Jesus’ friend, beloved brother to Mary and Martha, was dead. That is one thing that cannot be fixed! Mary’s words: “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died” (v. 32b), carry with them the hopeless reality. He is dead and buried, end of story. Jesus was too late. He had missed the one window of opportunity to do something to save his friend. So, when Jesus tells them to remove the stone at the front of the tomb, it is only natural that Martha would respond, “But, Lord, by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days” (v. 39b).
Then, Jesus does what must be done. He prays! His prayer is simple and certain. He knew his Father had heard his prayer, even before it was spoken. He prays out loud, that others might know God hears and answers prayer. It is important to note, Jesus’ prayer is his normal way of doing things! Prayer is what he does. Responding to prayer is what God does!
God does the impossible! Jesus speaks, “Lazarus, come out!” I “love” the way John tells what happens next: “The dead man came out…” He was dead, no more!
Our God hears and answers prayer! There is nothing too big (or, for that matter, too small) for him. Are you facing one of those impossible situations? Is this a time in your life when it seems there is just nothing anyone can do? Our God, who raises the dead to life, is able to do the impossible! Can we trust him?Tags: Bob, Church Blog, Pastor Bob, Pastors Blog