26th Dec., 2016
WHEN HE COMES - 19
"Take Him To The Source"
"Therefore, when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled. And He said, "Where have you laid him?" They said to Him, "Lord, come and see."”
John 11:33-34 NKJV:
Now that He has come to wake up His friend: All He is asking of us today is: “where have you laid him? Where have you left him?” Let us show Him the place, the point where we have brought our brother. Let us honestly show Him the tomb, the stone barriers, the grave clothes, the doctrines, the traditions, the strange perfumes we have been using to manage the “decay” within the Body of Christ and let us wait on Him for instructions as to what each one of us must do in the labours ahead now.
This is the first step unto personal and corporate revival. We must show Him the exact place we have dumped His purpose in our lives. The men of Jericho cried to Elisha in 2Kings 2:19-22:
“Behold I pray thee, the situation of this city is pleasant as my lord seeth: but the water is naught and the land barren... And he went forth to the spring of the waters ...”
Their first word was “Behold ... As my lord seeth” - this is the same as “come and see!” “Look at my situation, see where I have brought myself to due to carelessness. See where I have brought Your vision for my life into! Lord, come and see.”
It is as they showed him the springs of their water that he cast in the salt and healed it to this day. If they had shown it to their colleague in struggle, it would be of no use. If you show your secret failure to a partner in trade - an acquaintance of yours who is also battling with secret sin, you have only gathered more sympathy. Many visitors may have asked this same question: “where have you laid him?” And they may have been shown the place and they stood by the large stone and kept one minute silence without taking a step beyond that. They came and sat down helplessly watching Mary cry. They themselves became aware of their own similar sickness. A weakling cannot help another weakling. This is the situation with many men today. They only reveal some of their failures to those whom they know their secrets, so each one has something to protect.
Many church congregations are not different. Members kneel before a priest who, himself, is still a reckless womanizer... What will he say than “Have mercy on us, we are miserable offenders”, every week?
Take this matter to Jesus! He alone can save you. He alone shed his blood at Calvary for you and for me. Show Him the springs of the smell. Show Him the wounds, the diagnosis, the bottles of perfumes of hypocrisy you used in times past. Just confess: “LORD, behold me ... LORD come and see.”
When the axe-head fell into the water from the hand of the son of the prophet in 2Kings 6:5, his first step was not to gather his helpless colleagues around and start learning how to cut down wood with empty wooden handle of an axe. He cried out earnestly and fervently to Elisha his master: Alas, master! For it was borrowed. A cry for revival has nothing to do with finesse grammar. It is a desperate cry of the heart to draw the attention of the Master to turn to our situation. It is when He sees and comes that there can be a lasting revival.
His despair was expressed. He saw his debt; he saw the bleak and blank future of ministry without a divine implement. If the owner were to demand a replacement with interest, how will he manage to handle the misery that will soon engulf his whole life? He cried all the more. “For it was borrowed!” “I could have remained complacent if it is mine. Though I would have nothing to work with, I would have joined the company of prophets who hew wood; timbers of carnality from the hearts of men with mere handle (though carved) of the same wood of carnality. But then it was borrowed! I will be carried away a slave, until I am able to repay the owner. Please help me ... Master!”
“Alas, Master! For it was borrowed.” For the first time, his classmates knew the true situation of their friend. It became known that even the axe-head was borrowed and not his own. Those who also borrowed but bragged as if it was theirs suddenly became uneasy! Now Elisha's response was the same as this question the Lord Jesus has raised: “Where fell it? Where dropped it? Where have you laid him?”
“and he showed him the place”
This is the first thing to do. For God to cause your iron axe-head to swim again; for you to be well equipped again for the ministry in the days ahead, show him where you dropped the one He loaned you in mercy. What tree were you felling when you lost your sharp instrument?
“and he showed him the place”
Don't show the Master the maps of many places. Show Him the place. Do not merry- go-round! Do not pretend to search round about. Be definite! Show Him the place .He knows what He will do! He is the only One who can do what you cannot do. He alone can cause the iron to swim. No one else can! Hang on Him, until He has acted on your behalf. This is the only way unto experiencing His coming to this place...
“And he cut down a stick, and cast it in thither, and the iron did swim.” Vs. 6.
Elisha did not ask him to cut down a stick... He did not have the wherewithal to do such a thing. He did not have the power to cause the iron to swim. Recovery, restoration, revival of your personal life is not your own effort. All He requests of you today is “where fell it?” Be open! Show Him the place. Tell Him how it fell and watch what He is going to do for your life. Even as a servant of God in a local Church, show the Master where you have laid the Church after she was no more on her feet.