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Po' Lazarus

Posted 22 Mar 2010 at 21:08 PM by spanner

Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha

From the popular movie of, "O brother Where Art Thou" came forth the song, Po' Lazarus, ever the gentle reminder that one should look to the scriptures and find what it was that Jesus was trying to communicate unto the Church, and it is to John 11 we shall go, the LORD permitting. News had reached unto the Savor that His friend lay sick and dying. Having proclaimed this sickness of His dear friend was not unto death but it was for the glory of God, the disciples did not understand but nevertheless Christ stated they would tarry for two days. The scripture states in the beginning dialogue that Jesus loved Martha and the script mentions her by name and that of Lazarus, but when it came to Mary the script states, "and her sister", perhaps we are to be given the clue then to what Christ is doing. Christ waited two more days, and the dialogue ensued between whether Lazarus was dead or asleep, and so that the disciples could understand Christ stated Lazarus is dead. When Christ comes to Bethany He finds that Lazarus had been lain in the grave four days already. The importance of Lazarus is the revelation of just who Lazarus, Mary, and Martha were, they were in the significance of the Church. Martha had been busy about many things and was upset that Mary did not help her, but Christ stated she did the best thing as Mary listened to every word from the mouth of Christ, she hang and clung upon His very words. Two things are revealed in this mentioning alone and that is Martha, is the Church of Works, and Mary, was the Church of Grace, both sought and loved Christ immensely. It is my thought that Lazarus was the older brother of Martha and Mary but I have no proof, only that of Christ raising him up from the dead.

Jesus Wept

The shortest verse in the Bible, two words, great emotion, God weeps or Jesus Wept, and all those that beheld His tears were moved to humbleness and stated, "Behold how He loved the man". Although the Jews whom made this statement were correct in the compassion of Christ, they were far from the truth. Christ did not weep because Lazarus had died, He tarried two days more to assure that Lazarus would indeed die. In His approach unto Bethany Christ was moved by the one who came to meet Him, as Martha ran forth and charged Christ stating, "Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died" but Mary sat still in the house. We should be most aware that it was Mary who was in the form of Grace and latched upon every word the Messiah was proclaiming, although the story of Mary and Martha did not take place until after the resurrection of Lazarus, the two still placed within the profile of Work and Grace and notice, I did not state Law and Grace. Christ does dialogue with Martha but Mary was hurt, broken and in a sense of despair, for it was the same words that left the mouth of Mary as that of Martha, "Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died". The Jews and Mary were weeping but then Christ groaned in the spirit, and was troubled. Jesus Wept. The place of the grave was stinking for Lazarus had been dead four days, Martha had proclaimed, and Jesus gave the rebuke, "If, Martha, if thou wouldest believe" He lifted up His eyes, and thanked God for hearing Him and called Lazarus forth. Christ tarried two days, Lazarus had been dead at the point of his resurrection four days, Hosea stated, "Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight." Hosea 6:1-2 and Peter exclaimed, "But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day." 2 Peter 3:8. It has been 2 days since Christ was on earth, it has been 4 days from the time of Abraham, Mary sit, Martha worked, Lazarus died, Mary and Martha were consumed by their own loss of their brother and did not believe anymore that Christ when He returned was the Resurrection unto life for all that are beneath His banner, Mary and Martha were consumed in their daily affairs and losses that were personal in nature, they no longer believed in the Resurrection and had given up hope of Christ's return in time to restore their faith and hope. Mary and Martha sat, what then are you doing, have you lost hope, are you broken with the news and the personal affairs of the day? Mary started in Grace, and that would not be taken away from her, but it was Martha that ran to Christ with unbelief and then Mary, works and grace had changed places, so much so that Mary now did not believe either. Mary and Martha at this point did not have the promise of the Holy Spirit until Christ ascended back unto the Father, you have the Holy Spirit do you do as much as that of Mary in the beginning do you seek every word of Christ, or are you slowly becoming Martha and then losing hope? Jesus Wept, at the unbelief of the Church. In the "profile" of the story, who was Lazarus?
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