A messenger had made the long journey to find Jesus and give him a very urgent message. Mary and her sister Martha, great buddies with Jesus, told Him that his good friend Lazarus was very sick.
Jesus doesn’t go with the messenger. But he assures that the sickness will not lead to death. He decides to spend a few more extra days. I bet the disciples would have thought – no problem, he’s already said Lazarus was not dying from the sickness.
Later on, Jesus tells them – our pal Lazarus has fallen asleep. I bet they were still thinking – he is not dying. I guess that’s why they responded, “if he sleeps, he will get better”.
To this response, Jesus counters, Lazarus is dead and I’m glad for your sake that I wasn’t there. You are about to have new reasons to believe. Now let’s go to him. John 11:1-15
I read an article recently where the writer lampooned a billionaire.
Don’t worry, it was not one of those “billionaires must be scoundrels” articles, it was closer to home
The billionaire had attributed her mighty billions all to God. I guess that was what irked the writer
The sentiment was clear. If everything is a miracle, then how can the rest of us learn and grow from you? How would we learn and grow if we don’t know the story of your mighty billions?
Well, I think the answer was quite simple. We will wait for a miracle
But is that really what God wants for all His children?
During my undergraduate, there was this guy who had been in the leadership of the fellowship I was a part of.
I say “had been” because he did not just quit before his term was over, he walked out on the other members of his team. And he did not stop there, he walked out of the fellowship.
I came to school after he had quit while he was still completing his final year. One of the guys he had served with on the leadership team said the guy decided to walk out of his faith. Simply put, he had backslidden.
I was thinking about this recently and wondered.
Does anyone still backslide now?
You have probably met that type of church brother or sister before.
It seems like they are talking but the only problem is that you can’t see anyone they are talking to. You are sure that they are muttering something under their breath at every moment.
You are not really sure what they are up to but eventually, you get a hang of what they are doing. They seem to be praying. You wonder how they keep this up and realize that that is how they practice praying without ceasing – (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
A part of you begins to ask – Is this what I am meant to do?
There was this old quote I read recently by a long-dead world reformer. He said – “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”
I am sure you probably get what he was trying to say. But the funny thing is that he like most people have only talked about a little part of the problem.
So, what is the problem? The problem is not always that Christians are unlike Christ, it’s that most of us (including the guy I mentioned) don’t really know who Jesus is.
We pick a part of something Jesus said, make it the whole of who Jesus is and “voila” we have a Jesus that we can make into any world-view we like.
I came across a few things about the God-man Jesus that got me thinking more about who He is. And here goes