Part of the Miscellaneous series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
In the book of John we see the story of Lazarus and his sisters who were mourning their brother's death while they waited for their friend Jesus to arrive. No doubt those ladies were confused and heartbroken. Mary and Martha believed that if their friend Jesus had been there then Lazarus wouldn't have died.
In the story of Lazarus and his resurrection we can see some very applicable lessons that we can still learn from today.
We can see that Lazarus had a disease; he was ill before he died. We have a disease too. We see that he had an amazing physician who was able to raise him from the dead. The Great Physician has the ability to save us too. But Lazarus was given a job to do after his resurrection. And, just like Lazarus, we are all given a duty once we have been saved.
Are you still sick with disease? Why not call upon the Divine Doctor today and begin living for Him?
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1Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. 2(It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.) 3Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick. (KJV)
32Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. 33When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled, 34And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see. 35Jesus wept. 36Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him! 37And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died? 38Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. 39Jesus 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. 40Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God? 41Then 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. 42And 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. 43And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. 44And 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. (KJV)