Jesus Raises Lazarus – Choosing to believe


John 1145 Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him. 46 But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them what things Jesus had done.

Raising of Lazarus. Jesus calls out Lazarus fr...

Raising of Lazarus. Jesus calls out Lazarus from his tomb. Mary and Martha accompany Jesus. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After seeing the power of Jesus our Messiah many Jews believe on, and in Him, but many did not after seeing the evidence. These were the Jews working for the leading authority of the day trying to find a way to silence Jesus. The over whelming reports going back to the Pharisees was clear; Jesus was the Messiah the savior of Israel and the king to come. Although this was a reality many would not submit to Jesus that they might be saved. In the end as Jesus puts it, they died in their sins not believing. This was one of Jesus’ greatest miracles on earth besides the power of His resurrection, and even so many chose not to believe in Him.

There are times in our lives we ask God for signs to prove His ability to heal us after all the evidence we have in the world of God’s power. The very breath in our bodies is the sustaining power of God at work, but the question I ask, ” Would an open manifestation of God‘s power change our lives for good helping us to believe?” I think not, faith is the product and work of God’s Spirit and man willing heart to obey God with all his heart and strength. Unless we are committed, hungering and thirsting for God ready to obey God through Jesus our Messiah; no amount of miracle will change us.

Jesus raised His friend from the dead before a large crowd of people who saw the power and glory of God working through His son. On that day all they needed to do was to accept Jesus and He would have given them the peace they seek. Everyone of us was born in sin afraid of death, but for those of us who have come to the knowledge of Christ Jesus and have accepted His love have now found peace with God through His son Jesus Christ. This peace came as a choice on our part.

John 11: 38 Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. 39 Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days. 40 Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God? 41 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. 42 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. 43 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. 44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.

John 11:45 Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him. 46 But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them what things Jesus had done.

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  1. Sadly you are right. A mind closed to God won’t be moved by even great miracles. A mind open to God sees the wonders of the universe from the eyes of the saved soul. Be blessed by what you see!
    Peace

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