Pastor Herman Kneller Editorials
GOD'S SECRETS REVEALED
The Miracle of Miracles
Jesus was continually moving from one place to another. He wanted to teach, heal and influence as many people as He could. Always, there was a crowd of people around Him asking for help and listening to His teachings.
Once in a while He would go to a house in Bethany where some special friends lived. Here was a bit of quiet time away from the crowds. Here lived three special fiends: Martha, Mary and brother Lazarus. Here Jesus and His disciples were away from the spying eyes and ears of the police and the religious leaders.
Jesus and His disciples were some time away and distanced from this home when a messenger caught up with them and said, “from the sisters, he whom thou lovest is sick.”
Jesus seemed to ignore the plea for help and stayed two days where He was, then slowly started on His way back. He said, “Our friend Lazarus is asleep but I go to wake him up.”
His disciples said, “If he is asleep, he will do well for he is resting.”
Jesus replied, “Lazarus is dead.”
Why did Jesus call it a sleep? In the old and new testaments, death is often called a sleep because it is a dormant state from which we wake up. When Jesus came near the home, the sisters met Him and wondered why He had waited so long.
Jesus said, “Your brother will live again.” The sisters replied, “at the resurrection at the end of time.”
Jesus explained, “I AM the Resurrection.”
Where have you laid him? Jesus asked them.
Mary and Martha led Jesus to the tomb where he was. Jesus said, “Roll the stone away.”
The stone was the door to the tomb in the rock. The sisters said, “Don't open the tomb for he has been dead for four days, decay has set in and he stinks.” Never the less, the men rolled the stone away and Jesus stepped to the mouth of the tomb then looked up and prayed to His Father in Heaven to hear Him so people might know this was of God.
Jesus then looked into the tomb and said in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out.”
Suddenly, there was a stir in the tomb and Lazarus came, wrapped in the fashion for the burial, Jesus said, “Loose him and let him go.”
Jesus had raised up two young people before this who had been dead a very short while. The leaders tried to discredit these by saying they had not been really dead, but in a coma. Jesus had purposely waited the four days until the body was rotting so that there would be no doubt that He had really been dead.
Lazarus came out a new person. To Lazarus, the time of death had been as the twinkling of an eye. For at death, time stops and no matter of four days, four months or four hundred years, the body is dust and time stops.
Jesus was trying to prove that He was God, not any other God but the creator God. Lazarus said nothing about his experience with death for he knew nothing. Jesus wanted them, and us, today to know that He was God and could resurrect anyone no matter how long after death.
One day soon, so the prophets tell us, He will come and call not only one person whom He loves but all who loveth Him. He walked the earth for three and one half years. Jesus healed all their diseases forgave their sins and invited all He said, “Come unto Me, all ye that are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” He is not talking about the sleep of death, but rest from stress, fear of the unknown future, but also problems in our own lives, what is personal to you, because Jesus loves you! Yes, each and every one of us.
Next week: Jesus for All People