27th June, 2016
WHEN HE COMES - 10
"Change Your Mentality… Just BELIEVE!"
And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe. Nevertheless let us go to him. Then Thomas , who is called the Twin , said to his fellow disciples, Let us also go, that we may die with Him.
John 11:15-16 NKJV
In this conversation, there are issues we need to thresh for our own learning and for our own sakes. Note this very well. It is not for His own sake, it is not even for Lazarus' sake; it is for our own sakes.... It is for our own benefit.
“Lazarus is dead and I am glad for Your sakes that I was not there ...”
Lord, open Your heart to me on this matter. Grant me the privilege to see as you see. Let me express You aright at this point in Jesus' Name.
“I am glad for your sakes...”
If He was there, there would have been healing but no revival! It would have been a normal routine of ministry. It would have remained a comparative work, after all, even Peter's mother-in-law was sick and she was healed.
What would be new if Lazarus was sick and was healed...? He wanted them to experience a divine dimension of Revival! A different phenomenon entirely, different from routine preaching and healing. It is a Revival - a raising of His friend from the dead, to precede His triumphant entry into Jerusalem; and for us a revival before He comes again in His majestic glory.
There is a matter here that the Holy Spirit wants to unveil to our hearts. If He had been there, Lazarus would not have died. He would not have become anything other than Lazarus of Bethany - a casual brother of Mary! He would bring no glory to Jesus! No one would come specifically to see Lazarus and “the whole world wouldn’t have gone after Jesus”, in the language of the Pharisees, would not have been the case.
There is a way a man can live, serve God and die, without seeing revival in his own days ... his knowledge of Christ's power remains potential but not dynamic. He believes, but there is nothing more to it than mental calculation ... his faith is somewhat active but largely dormant! There is no opportunity to experience the valley of dry bones. The rattling of bones; the coming together of bones to become an army!
LORD, I am glad also that you were not there. It was for my sake! Revival is a glorious privilege that only few men are allowed to experience. Many were born when everything ran smoothly and things were normal! They had no reason to cry! No need for mountains to melt in His presence! No occasion for the earth to quake! No violent conviction that leads to total conversion. Crusades were only organized, arranged, programmed and executed. But a revival is not organized ... it only comes when He, the Resurrection and the Life, comes to the situation of a dying or rather a dead friend. It is a divine action of God rather than the activity of anyone.
Yet look at what the disciples said,
“Lord, if he sleeps he will get well.”
This revealed the way they thought; just as every one of us. We think it is easier to do certain things if the decay hasn't gone too far. To get well from sleep was much more conceivable to their hearts than to rise from the dead. They knew little of their Master's power.
In the same way, our hearts rather seek the easier option. We prefer what we can conceive, see or even handle by ourselves, not knowing the power of God! A divine intervention from heaven in the affairs of men usually defies all human wisdom and calculation. It usually silences all human programmes and projections. This is what He has come to do. It is never too late for Him to act. There is no stage of death and decay that He cannot reverse and revamp. This is purely His own work ... We are just to believe Him to act.
You need to change your mentality. He is not coming to do what any other man or good planners can do. Why will He come if massaging could bring Lazarus to life? Revival is not what a man can organize ... we can only cry and agonize till He comes to do the impossible. It is a rare privilege to see God move swiftly into action changing a death situation unto a vibrant freshness of life.