Lessons from Lazarus…

“Now a great many of the Jews knew that He was there; and they came, not for Jesus’ sake only, but that they might also see Lazarus, whom He had raised from the dead. But the chief priests plotted to put Lazarus to death also, because on account of him many of the Jews went away and believed in Jesus.”
‭‭John‬ ‭12:9-11‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

So, Lazarus is eating dinner with Jesus.  The Jews were coming and spreading word to see Jesus, but they wanted to see the miracle Lazarus. People are intrigued by the unexplainable. The man Lazarus was dead for 4 days and now he is sitting at a table eating dinner with Jesus.  Here are a few lessons we can learn from Lazarus.

Lesson One:  Keep your eyes on Jesus!

If we keep our eyes only on what Jesus has done,  we may miss what he is about to do!  The religious people in the room wanted to kill the miracle as well, because more people were following Jesus, because of seeing the miracle.  More believed because of what he had done, so the religious want to kill off the works of God.  Sounds like what some do today when they see churches growing in unexplainable ways.  Ouch!  Sounds like the religious might have been jealous, so they determined that they should simply plan to kill the miracle. Hebrews 12:2 says fix your eyes on Jesus the author and finisher of faith.

Lesson Two: Your words are life and death.
I’s easy to talk about what you can’t explain.  I can’t explain a rotting dead guy hopping out of tomb, but Jesus was there, so anything can happen. So many times religion tries to control the experience.  God is a supernatural God and when He shows up anything can happen. The leaders wanted to kill the miracle.  The high  this when they choose to tweet and post negativity about the works of God around them. Religious people with jealous hearts always find a way to talk negatively about the increase that others have.  These guys wanted to kill Lazarus because more people were following Jesus.
Lesson Three:  Celebrate the wins others are having!
My encouragement  or you today…Why not celebrate what God is doing?  Always…always take the high road and choose to speak life!  Why not celebrate the growth others are having?  Why waste the time criticizing what God is doing in other places? Insecurity and jealousy are at the route of negativity. Gods moving!  Let’s celebrate what he is doing! Lazarus was dead and now he is alive, because Jesus showed up!  Your situation may seem dead, but when Jesus shows up, He is the resurrection and the life!  In 2016…Jesus, show up and show out in a way that we have never seen before.

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