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John 11

John 11

“So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, ‘Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this on account of the people standing around, that they may believe that you sent me.’  When he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out.’ The man who had died came out, his hands and feet bound with linen strips, and his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, ‘Unbind him, and let him go.’” John 11:41-44

The Lazarus resurrection is one of the greatest events recorded in the New Testament. Lazarus, who was a close friend to the Lord Jesus, fell extremely ill. Under duress, Lazarus’ sisters Mary and Martha, sent a message to Jesus saying, “Lord, he whom you love is ill.”

It took Jesus several days before coming to Lazarus’s aid. By that time, Lazarus had passed away. The sisters were heart-broken. When Mary saw Jesus “she fell at his feet, saying to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”

Mary’s statement couldn’t be farther from the truth. The fact was, Jesus had the power over life and death. He said to Martha, “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.”

Our God has the keys to both death and hell. He’s the reason why we have life, and the reason why our existence is sustained. May we never limit God, no matter how dark the circumstance is. For Jesus, our Commander is the giver of life to anyone who trusts and serves Him.