Pastor Herman Kneller Editorials
God's Secrets Revealed
One day, as Jesus was teaching in the temple the Pharisees (church leaders) brought a woman, against her will, to Jesus. “Master, this woman was taken in the act of adultery.” They explained. They continued, “Moses, in the law, said this kind should be stoned. What do you say?”
If Jesus would have said, “Stone her.” They would go to the Romans and accuse Jesus of taking the law into His hands. If Jesus would say, “Don't stone her.” They would have accused Him of going against Moses' law. This was very important to the Jews.
They thought they had Jesus in a corner but Jesus bent down as though He did not hear them and wrote with His finger in the sand. When they urged Him He stood up and said, “He who is without sin throw the first stone.” Then He bent down and wrote again. As they looked He was writing their sins in the sand. So, from the oldest to the youngest they all left. They saw that Jesus knew their secret life.
Jesus raised Himself up and asked, “Woman, where are your accusers. Has no man condemned you?” She answered, “No man.” Jesus said, “I don't condemn you either. Go and sin no more.”
Jesus came not to condemn but to save. This woman, Mary, became one of Jesus' best friends and followers because of what He did for her. Jesus became good friends with Mary's sister, Martha, and brother, Lazarus. Mary turned her life around and Jesus often visited the home of these friends. Here He found peace and freedom from the constant eyes of the priests and enemies.
Jesus and His disciples left Jerusalem and went into another area. One day Lazarus, the brother, got sick and grew worse. The sisters became concerned and sent a messenger to Jesus saying, “He, whom Thou lovest is sick.”
All thought Jesus would hurry back to save His friend but He waited two days before He started back. His disciples asked, “Why are you going back to Jerusalem when the people talk of stoning you?” Jesus said, “I must work while it is day.” Then He said, “Lazarus sleeps.” The disciples said that is a good sign that he is getting better. Then Jesus told them Lazarus was dead.
Jesus talked of sleep from which one awakes. When He got near the home, Martha met Him and said to Him, “If You had been here our brother would not have died.” Jesus said, “Your brother shall rise again.” Martha said, “In the last day in the resurrection.” Jesus returned. “I Am the resurrection and the life. And whosoever believes in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.”
She went to the house and secretly told Mary the Master is come and is calling for you. She got up and went out to meet Jesus. She told Him what Martha had said. “If You had been here our brother would not have died.” Jesus was troubled and asked, “Where have you laid him?”
Mary said, “Come and see.” The scripture says Jesus cried for He feels our human sorrow. They came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid upon it. Jesus said, “Take the stone away.” Martha questioned Him, “By now he stinks for he has been dead four days.” Jesus said, “If you would believe you would see the glory of God.”
They took the stone away then Jesus asked His Father to hear Him for the sake of the people. That they may believe.
Then He stepped to the tomb and in a loud voice said, “Lazarus. Come out.”
There was a stir in the tomb and Lazarus came out. Jesus said, “Take his wraps off and let him go.”
What a beautiful lesson. It does not matter what shape the body was in. It was beginning to rot. When Jesus, the life giver calls, something happens. Jesus need no old body parts to create a new body. So, in the word when the word sleeps is used as death it means there will be a waking up one day (when Jesus comes). Lazarus knew nothing of the time past for every thing stops when death takes place. What a beautiful plan God has for His people. The ones who love, obey and believe His word.