John11:1-45 Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. . . . 4 When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.”
. . . 17 On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. . .“if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.” 23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” . . .
33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. 34 “Where have you laid him?” he asked.
“Come and see, Lord,” they replied.
35 Jesus wept.
36 Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” 37 But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”
40 Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”
41 So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”
43 When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.
Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”
45 Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him.
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Observation: “Lazarus, come out!”(vs. 43) I’m not a Walking Dead fan – the idea of zombies does not excite me. If I had been there outside that tomb with Jesus – I would have been the most conflicted person. Believing? – maybe. Skeptical? -definitely. Scared? –you bet! Hopeful? – I hope so! Jesus seemed to say that he did this as a sign to his disciples – so that they might believe (vs. 14). What about you? What about me? Do we believe?
Action: Lord, do I even want to see miracles? Can I handle that kind of revelation from You? I hear You saying that there are places that You working in such a way … so that I might believe. Today, I will seek places where I can hope for a miracle. And pray, … expectantly!