Sunday, June 12, 2011

Called Forth from the Tomb

Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. “Take away the stone,” he said.“But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.” Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.” When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”

So many of my friends and family are presently facing serious circumstances in their lives. We all do at one time or another. The Lord never promised us a walk in the tulip patch but He did promise never to leave us or forsake us.

Hebrews 13:8 tell us: Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever; which means since He called a dead man from a tomb over 2000 years ago, He healed lepers, He brought new life to us by His death and resurrection, He can turn your circumstances around today.

He can bring a dead marriage out of the tomb. Both parties need to love, forgive, and die to self, but our Lord can breathe new life into the marriage.

He can renew our minds and heal our emotions, it does not mean we were not abused, tortured or suffered trauma, it means He can heal us and we can sleep without nightmares, we can be filled with joy and peace and experience a little heaven on earth. We get a foretaste of heaven through salvation.

However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” — the things God has prepared for those who love him...We cannot imagine what He has prepared for us.

Stand firm on our covenant promises, ask friends and family to lift you up in prayer, stay in the Word!

1 comment:

Cheryl Barker said...

A great message, Annette. Nothing is impossible with God!