“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. 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. And when He thus had spoken, He cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.” John 11:41-43
Going back to vs. 11, we see where Jesus says, “Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.” We know that Jesus speaks of death here, but why would He choose to say this before clearly just saying,”Lazarus is dead“? He said it for us! You see, most of the Body of Christ now sleeps. We aren’t dead, but if we aren’t out spreading the Gospel, we may as well be. If we aren’t obeying the Spirit, we are sleeping, and doing nothing.
If we go back further to vs. 4, we see that Jesus knew this would be to glorify God. He said as much when He heard from Mary and Martha regarding Lazarus’ health. Not only that, but He stayed behind for 2 more days before departing for Bethany. Why? Because Jesus did everything by the Will of the Father, and that He heard thru the Holy Spirit. Jesus did not go until urged to do so by the Holy Spirit.
Once there, Jesus is confronted with unbelief. Mary and Martha are wailing to Him about Him not coming quick enough to have prevented Lazarus’ death. When they do this, He groans in His Spirit. His Spirit groans because even after they themselves were witnesses to the miracles He had done, they still could not believe He could do anything. They simply refused He was able. He groans again when the Jews see Him weeping, they acknowledge His Love for Lazarus, but not Him as God and able to do anything.
Then, in vs 35, we see the most profound verse in all of the Bible. “Jesus wept.”
Yes, Jesus loved Lazarus, that is true. But, with all of the groaning of Spirit, don’t you think He was weeping for more? Jesus may very well have been weeping for those in disbelief. He may have wept for those who would never accept Him as Messiah. He may even have been weeping for us. We who believe in Him, yet, are asleep and do nothing to further the Gospel that others may believe, too.
Jesus prayed for Lazarus to be awakened. His desire was for the glory of God to be shown thru Lazarus. But, notice one more thing. Jesus did not enter into the tomb to wake him, nor did He send anyone else in to wake him. All stood without, and Jesus called to him. Jesus said, “Lazarus, come forth.” This is our call to arms. We belong to Him now. We are a part of the Army of the One True God. Jesus sent us the Holy Spirit to guide us in our lives, just as He guided Jesus in His. But most of us are asleep, and the Holy Spirit is calling to us to wake up. Wake up, Church!
He will make a good work in us, and He will make changes within us to give us the desires to do His Will; but, His Will must be done by us. (Just a point of clarification. God’s Will shall be done, regardless of what we choose to do, but His desire would be that when He asks us to do it, we would obey and do it. So, when I say His Will must be done by us, what I mean is that we truly should obey, and therefore, that part of His Will He asks us individually to do is what must be done by us.) So, let’s turn our ears to hear. Let us follow the Spirit, and walk in Him. Let God’s Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. If you are a believer, and you know the Truth, you have been called. Make no mistake, we all have a job to do in the Body. Let’s stop ignoring His Voice and His urging us to act, and let us act. God bless you abundantly today. I pray that we all hear Him clearly and obey. May His glory be shown in each and every one of us.
“Arise, shine; for thy Light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy Light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.” Isaiah 60:1-3