Day 20 - You Don't Know All That God Can Do | February Devotional in the Gospel of John

Thursday, February 20, 2020 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

 "Jesus Raises Lazarus From The Dead" ©Ann Lukesh

John 11:23, Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. 26 And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

This was the end of an encounter between Jesus and His friend Martha. You may remember that the brother of Mary and Martha, Lazarus, became ill. They sent for Jesus to come and heal him, but Jesus did not come for four days and Lazarus died. When Jesus received word, he said,  “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”

If the “sickness was not unto death,” why did Lazarus die? 

This story is a powerful reminder that Mary, Martha, you, and I, do not know everything that Jesus can do! As far as Mary and Martha knew, Jesus was a healer. He can heal anyone of anything -- as long as He prays for someone BEFORE he dies. Jesus’ friends were sure they knew what he could do. Jesus had to prove them wrong!

Familiarity can breed complacency. We think we know all that God and people can do--but we don't.

When Jesus finally returned, he found his friends grieving and unhappy with Him saying, “If you had been here, our brother would not have died.” Jesus told Martha, “Your brother will rise again,” but she thought He was speaking of the general resurrection. THIS WAS ALL SHE KNEW! 

Jesus then said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.” He is saying to all of us,  “Do you believe this?”

Reflection Question: Are you prepared to learn more? Do you feel like you've seen about everything God can do? What things do you need to start believing again?

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