“Let us go and die with Lazarus.”

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John 11

14 Then Jesus said to them plainly, “Lazarus is dead. 15 And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe. Nevertheless let us go to him.”

16 Then Thomas, who is called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with Him.”
Thomas, who later doubted that Jesus rose from the dead and demanded to put his fingers into the holes of Christ’s hand and side, may have been on to something when Lazarus died.  I doubt that Thomas had a death wish, that is, I don’t think he wanted to literally die with Lazarus, but he realized something significant happened to Lazarus and wanted to participate.  At that level, Thomas’ comment here is notable.

Thomas would have known of Christ’s love for Lazarus, Mary, and Martha.  He would have known that Jesus did all things well.  He would have known that Jesus had a plan for Lazarus though he could not have known what the plan was.  Thomas did know that something great was happening and that Lazarus’ death was at the center of it.  Jesus was not grieving for His friend nor did Jesus hurry to heal His friend.  So when Jesus plainly told His disciples that Lazarus was dead Thomas knew something was going to happen.

Thomas was right.  Something great was going to happen and something great did happen.  Maybe that day was a notable day in Thomas’ life as well.  Maybe he did die to his flesh and to his own future plans.  Maybe Thomas was the first one to understand the future words penned by Paul in Galatians 2:20.  I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

Would that all of us were to die like Lazarus only to be raised to walk in newness of life with Christ.  Lazarus’ resurrection is a clear picture of our salvation.  We who are dead in trespasses and sin meet the Lord Jesus who calls us by name out of our death into His presence and His life.  We who were in darkness are called into light so that we can see and understand the truth of God.  Yes, Thomas, let us all go to see Lazarus that we too might die with Him to be resurrected by Jesus to walk in newness of life.

Having been gone for the last week and a half I have missed penning these devotionals. I trust you have gone to other sources or have re-read previous devotions or written your own in my absence. 

We had a wonderful time with our family last week while we anticipated Hannah and Josh’s wedding on Saturday.  What a joy and a thrill to see God so lead in the lives of His servants who patiently waited on Him.  It was also a great time to see God’s blessing in the lives of all of our family who have sought Him and His will for their lives.  As I said on Sunday, our family is enjoying the fruit of the seeds planted by our parents and ourselves.  God has indeed brought up a crop of His righteousness. 

Last Sunday’s sermon is on the church website, www.graceforlifebc.com

Thank you for your prayers for the daycare.  God has provided much of the needed funds.  We still need around $3,500 to finish off the bills and salaries.  I am thankful for God’s abundant provision and for His protection.  Thank you for your dedicated prayers.

Remember our sister Pam E in your prayers.  She is suffering from internal shingles and we have missed her dearly.  Pray for her recovery and quick return to her church family.

Have a great day in the Lord,
PS

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