Call It Forth – Break The Chains of Bondage

miracles-happenThe New Testament John, chooses specific miracles of Jesus Christ to write about. He also writes that the libraries of this world could never contain all the works of Jesus Christ.
This is one of the greatest miracles. Chapter 11 demonstrates a radicle denouncement of sickness and the curse on bondage. Here, Jesus, the resurrection, calls forth Lazarus whose body, after 4-days began to decompose. This familiar story is to remind us that miracles can happen.

John delineates that Lazarus of Bethany was sick. Lazarus was the brother of the mystique Mary who anointed the feet of Jesus. The writer also notes that it was the town of Mary and Martha, which denotes a loving household. The passage also connotes their relationship with Jesus.

Jesus was at the Jordan when the word came to him, it was the same river that was spoken of about John the Baptist. The messenger who traveled two days, came to inform Jesus that the one he loved was sick. Jesus’ response was to assure them that the sickness was not unto death–it was for the glory of God.

Jesus loved Martha, Mary and Lazarus. Although they were twenty miles away–a two days journey, He intentionally stayed two days before he left to see Mary and Martha. This was not a sign of His indifference to hear them, but it was to strengthen their faith. He wanted a more glorious testimony–a miracle.

Typically, Jesus traveled 10-12 miles a day, depending on seasonal daylight and mission. But on this day He incorporated a delay– the process of disciplined faith. It was about a 4-5 day journey before Jesus would get to Lazarus. This act was intentional to prove the power of God.

Jesus incorporates disciplines to temper our spiritual lives. They are designed to channel us toward Him. These experiences enable us to gain stock with God.

Bethany was at the top of the mount of olives–you could see for miles away. It was near Jerusalem, about two-miles away. Martha saw them coming and went out to meet Jesus. She told Jesus that if he would have been there, her brother would not have died. Contrary to their senses, she knew in her spirit that whatever Jesus asked of the Father, He would do it. Jesus replied that Lazarus was only sleeping– a term at the time for the believer. Today, we are taught through the Scriptures to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.

Jesus said, “I am the resurrection, if you believe in me, you will never die.”  Jesus asked do you believe, which is a yes, or no. He challenged Martha’s faith. “Thou are the son on God.” Martha replied with “Yes.” This passages demonstrates a dominate and strategic position to call forth life of what appears to be dead. It makes a declaration for the diabolical to loose  and set free that which was once bound. What appears dead to the natural eyes, is not always dead–everything is not always what it seems.

There are several messages from this passage:

  • In the delay, God has a strategic plan for you
  • Whatever appears dead — call it forth life: marriage; finance; job; etc.
  • Command it be loosed from the curse of bondage.
  • Let no person be deceived in thinking he is sick for God’s glory, for there is no Scriptural foundation for such modern fallacy.
  • We have eternal life.
  • Sickness has no power over the believer.
  • In Jesus, it’s never too late- what appears dead can live again.
  • What’s delayed is not always denied.
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