John 11, 4-6
Something to read
But when Jesus heard it, he said, `This illness does not lead to death; rather it is for God's glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.' Accordingly, though Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, after having heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was.
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Something to think about
Having read these verses some of you may be thinking Jesus was obviously having a stubborn moment, as he did not respond for two days.
If you look carefully, you will find John’s gospel lays out some of the stories as if they were a court case; there are witnesses, and tangible evidence confirming the claims that Jesus makes about himself.
In other words, what we often call ‘miracles’ are used in John as ‘confirming signs’ of who Jesus is. In fact, in 20:31 the writer of John states ‘these [signs] have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God’.
Jesus, in today’s opening verse, says the same thing: ‘Lazarus’ illness will glorify the Son of God.’ We will, in the next few days, discover that by delaying His journey by two days He is empowering the story even more.
Often we want God to act now, at this precise moment. Sometimes, looking back, we discover that by biding His time the outcome is more powerful and is a better testimony to God.
Perhaps we need to learn to engage God in our need; then leave Him to respond. May the outcome glorify the Son of God.
Something to do
Read this extract: A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic – on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg – or else he would be the Devil of Hell.
You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God.
But let us not come with any patronising nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.
C S Lewis; Mere Christianity p52
Write a one-line summary of what is being argued within this text. Memorise it - it may come in handy when you’re one day challenged about your faith in Christ.
Something to pray
While you read John 9:1-38, answer these questions:
What claims does Jesus make?
How is the evidence of proof presented in this story?
Who are the witnesses in this account?
Would this account persuade you to accept Jesus as The Son of God?
Spend time adoring, and worshipping, Christ as He is portrayed in this story.
Today's contributor is The Rev Frazer Hawkes, a retired Methodist minister.