December 21, 2017: SOAP #2940:  John 9-11 Scripture:  John (NIV) 11:25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; 26 and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” John (NIV) 11:39 “Take away the stone,” [...]

December 21, 2017: SOAP #2940:  John 9-11

Scripture:  John (NIV) 11:25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; 26 and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
John (NIV) 11:39 “Take away the stone,” he said. “But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.”
John (NIV) 11:43 Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man came out

Observation:   Obviously Lazarus was not as dead as they thought!   His body was dead; it had been buried for four days.   But death could not stop Lazarus from hearing the voice of Jesus.   Lazarus was alive enough to hear the voice of Jesus even though his body was dead.

Lazarus did not return to a glorified resurrected body like Jesus. Lazarus was still subject to future death. The stone from Jesus' tomb was not rolled back to let Him out, but to let us in!   The stone was not removed from Lazarus' tomb so that he would hear the voice of Jesus, but so that Lazarus could walk out once his life returned to his body.

Application:   Death will not be the end of my life"only the end of my life in this physical body.   The Apostle Paul wrote that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. (2Corinthians 5:6-8) Standing at a grave prepared to receive the body of my loved one is not an eternal parting, but only a sad 'see you soon.'   until then!

Prayer:    Heavenly Father, at my parents' grave you put a song in my heart: Until then my heart will go on singing:   Until then with joy I'll carry on; Until the day my eyes behold His glory; Until the day He calls me home!'  Amen

Pastor Leon
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