If You Believe…

Hi, God’s word for me today is in John 11:40-42 which says,

” 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.”

In this passage Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead. When Mary had come to Jesus He was moved and asked to go to Lazarus’ tomb so they took Him there. Jesus told them to roll away the stone from Lazarus’ tomb but Martha told Jesus that Lazarus had been in the tomb for four days and there was an odor but Jesus said “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” After Jesus told that to Martha Jesus prayed, thanking His Father for listening to Him (Jesus). Jesus then said that He knew His Father always listened to Him but He had thanked His (Jesus’) Father for the benefit of those around Him. Then Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead by calling Him out of the tomb.

How could Jesus have raised Lazarus from the tomb? Jesus was and is the Son of God (and God Himself)! Jesus did miracles and He raised Lazarus from the dead. But Jesus did much more than that, He raised us from the dead! How were we dead and How did Jesus raise us from the dead? Well we weren’t dead physically but we were dead spiritually. We were sinners and all sinners are dead spiritually but Jesus came down from heaven and raised from the dead! How? He was our atoning sacrifice! Jesus took our sins on Him and He died for our sins on the cross and He gave us His life when He died for us.

Jesus died for us and we should trust in Him! We should believe in Jesus as our savior and live. If we trust in Jesus as our savior and if we repent of our sins then we will be given eternal life. We should trust in Jesus as our atoning sacrifice and we will live, we will be given new life. Jesus gives us His perfection is exchange for our sins. We should trust in Jesus as our atoning sacrifice, we should believe in Jesus as our savior.

We should trust in Jesus. We should also give glory to God, we should glorify Him. The end of man (and woman) is to glorify God. We should glorify Jesus as our savior. We should also be stone rollers, if God chooses to use us to show His works then we should not try to hide it. If God uses us as someone who allows the work to be done in someones life by talking to someone about the Gospel or doing anything that might give someone the saving truth of the Gospel of Jesus then we should not try to hide it. If we do then we are grieving the Spirit (Ephesians 4:30).

Thank You Jesus for raising from our sins. Thank You Jesus for dying for us and giving us new life while You did. Thank You Jesus for loving us enough to die for our sins and be our atoning sacrifice on the cross. Thank You Jesus for raising again on the third day and then ascending into heaven to prepare a place for us and to mediate on our behalf. Thank You Jesus for atoning for our sins on the cross!

Are you trusting in Jesus?

Grace and truth, Charity Cleveland.

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