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John 6:48

I am the bread of life.

 

Jesus Wept - It is not too late neither is it too grave for God to handle

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It is not too late neither is it too grave for God to handle

Then Jesus, again groaning in Himself, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.” Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” – John 11:38 – 40.

If there is any message we can deduce from the reactions of these two sisters, it will be that if at all they had any faith at all, at least going by their confessions, then we can define that faith as one that:

  1. That believed that the saviour came late and as such there was nothing else that can be done. As far as they were concerned, Jesus the saviour came too late and as such there was nothing left to do, he had failed his friend and the one he loved by coming too late to save him. They are not alone who think God is late in answering, they are not alone who believe that if they do not receive it according to the way and time they scheduled for themselves, then God visitation is a tad too late.
  2. Not only that, they believed that situation was too grave, it was now beyond what Jesus could handle, Lazarus to them now belongs to the grave and nothing could bring him back. Not when rigor mortis had set in and the decaying process started. Once again a number of us believers hold this limiting view about God, sometimes when we say ‘Perhaps it is the will of God’ , we need to be honest by admitting that we are simply throwing in the towel on God. We need to admit that just like the sister at the grave we are also saying ‘Save it for another day Lord, this one is beyond redemption’.

Surely God glorified himself in the Son, for he showed that nothing is ever too late for him to accomplish, neither was anything too grave for him to rectify or breathe the power of life over and bring back to life.

The two points raised indicted the faith of the two sisters, for true colours of their faith was painted by these two points. The truth is for many believers our faith can also be mirrored by these colours, we fret , we worry, we grumble and we lose our sleep, finally giving up on God because somewhere deep inside we agreed with unbelief that it is too late for anything good to come out what we have been waiting on the Lord for. For many still we simply look at our situation and we simply agree with the word impossible irrespective of what the word of God might have to say on the situation.

But the word of Jesus still reverberates and echoes through the millennia, the very word which he spoke at the grave of Lazarus challenging every of his disciples who make the claims that they believe, he dropped the challenge to each one of us today saying:

“Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?

What does this mean to you and I ? Well simply put, if we truly believe and hold on to our faith, we would see the glory of God. We would see the promised glory in whatever area of our life we are clinging to his word, be it for that healing, for that breakthrough, for that deliverance from addition, for that broken marriage or for that provision. He is saying if we believe enough and refuse to commit out belief to the grave, we would see that promised glory. The problem is when he showed up in answer to that prayer, would he find the faith? If he showed up to take people home to their inheritance, would he find you and I holding out to him in faith?

 



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“[BOOK I Psalms 1?41] Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night.”

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