26th Sept., 2016
WHEN HE COMES - 14
"When He Comes... Remain Humble and Teachable"
So when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the tomb four days. Now Martha said to Jesus, 'Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.'Jesus said to her, 'your brother will rise again.' Martha said to Him, 'I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.'Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whosoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?''She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Christ the Son of God who is to come into the world.
John 11:17, 21-27 NKJV:
If Martha had asked, Jesus would have said: Yes, there is the resurrection in the last day which we must all look forward to. But even now, I am the resurrection and the life. I have come to do what would otherwise be reserved for the last day. It is for “My glory;” by this I do not encourage presumptuous violation of Scriptures by the so-called 'Spiritual Movement' that wrest the Scriptures for human manipulation.
Jesus said to her,
“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
The LORD, desiring to get Martha to believe not just generally or doctrinally went ahead to re-introduce Himself to her. It is our fresh knowledge of Jesus (whom we have known before) that brings a surge of revival and life to our hearts. It is not a routine knowledge about Him that will keep us going. For us to be in constant revival, to be fresh daily in our relationship with Him, we must wait at His feet and let Him reveal Himself to us again and again. It is as we behold Him, with unveiled faces, in his glory, that we ourselves are being changed into His very likeness from one degree of glory to another (2Cor. 3:18).
What we knew of Him is true and correct. But it is not complete. It is not full and final as yet. We must continue to grow in our knowledge of Him, till we know Him fully as we are known.
For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
It is this attitude of humility that we must bear, lest we stop him few miles away from our shore. Martha, still full of self knowledge, would not be pinned down to “do you believe this?” She said to Him “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.” It is as if she said,“I do not want to believe this new thing that you are the resurrection and the life but, what I believed is what I believe ... You are the Christ, the Son of the living God, who is to come into the world. Do not push me beyond that. This matter of you being the resurrection and the life and that he who believes in you will never die is strange. Close that chapter. I refuse to see that aspect of You, if it ever truly exists.”
“...And when she had said these things, she went her way...”
Jn. 11:28 NKJV:
This is the next thing that stops Him on the way from coming to our situation: Tradition and conservatism. Saturation in our hearts, fullness and lack of desire for anything new. This manifests itself in our self-defence of our old positions, our sluggishness to learn and look into anything new (even if it be introduced to us by the LORD Himself or through any of His servants).
Those that have known Him as the Saviour and Redeemer hold unto it tenaciously that when He comes as the baptizer in the Holy Ghost, they refuse with the same note as Martha: “Yes I believe You are the Redeemer and Saviour, but this baptism in the Holy Ghost, let us leave it aside.” It is the same Jesus who is the Christ, the Son of God who is to come to the world, that says, “I am the resurrection and the life.” Why must we not sit down and learn that of Him.
He has been coming severally to wake up His Church in our care ... But the “Marthas” have always stopped him and kept Him on the same spot because of unbelief that manifests itself in conservatism, tradition and lethargy to change and to learn anything seemingly new!
Many congregations are dead and laid away in the tomb today, because the “Marthas” of the ministry are insisting on their old knowledge.