For a very long time,I have always switched off every time I see a preacher standing to preach in a bus.More often than not,I rarely listen to what they say.I have never really understood why,how or when this kind of attitude creeped into me but it just did.On that day,I decided to be very intentional and chose to listen to that preacher…
Heading home from town,the music in those matatus have a way of raising adrenaline levels but does one have a choice?…Vumilia tu as long as one arrives home safe and sound,with a banging headache!Haha!!
“Bwana asifiwe!(Praise God!)” He joyfully begins,no one responding. (Moments of ‘mustard seed’faith)In the meantime,I am facing a battle of choice…two loud voices in my head want my attention. “Listen to this man” says the ‘ka-angelic’voice… “No no no,si I know what these people want!Ni pesa pesa tu” retorts the ‘ka-devilish’ voice. For the first time the later voice loses and I choose to listen…
It takes a lot of courage to stand in front of people who are not paying attention.
He takes the reading from John 11:1-44 and begins by pointing out Jesus’ reaction in Vs 4 where Jesus says, “This sickness will not end in death. It is for God’s glory so that Gods’ son may be glorified through it.” Instead of seeing the urgency this is all He said! Two more days,Jesus stayed at the same place!
If I were Jesus I would have just spoken a word,but instead,He chose to go back to a place where people tried to stone Him.Out of fear,I wouldn’t have gone back there!(No wonder am not Jesus!!Ha!!)…It was becoming very interesting and my attention span kept increasing…
On arrival,the preacher highlighted statements uttered by Mary and Martha that were coincidentally similar and bore a lot of weight, “Lord,if you had been here,my brother would not have died”… Imagine the situation Jesus was in. He was between a rock and a hard place!Fully God,yet fully man,he took all the blame for the death of Lazarus whom he loved and on seeing where Lazarus was laid,Jesus wept. The pain was unbearable,it’s like he actually owned up to His ‘fault’ He wept to a point where the Jews noticed the extent of His love for Lazarus.Some mocked Him saying, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind have kept this man from dying?” Notice the intentional choice of the miracle of opening blind eyes.
If only he gave these mockers an ear,he would have shifted his focus…He knew what was happening in their hearts and minds but He had to remain focused regardless because this ‘dead’ situation was to culminate to that which was to the Glory of God.
This preacher brought this chapter to life! He was on point!!!
Jesus was right on time.Mary, Martha and the Jews couldn’t make anything out of the situation but Jesus saw the end from the beginning. (Vs 4)
On arriving home,I decided to look into the chapter again and in the process,I noticed something very very interesting…Jesus’ Prayer.
This was the moment of truth.There were onlookers anticipating and expecting…He opened the eyes of the blind,healed the sick,provided for the hungry…I can just imagine them say to themselves, “Let us see if he will make the cut”
Martha herself was disillusioned, she already gave up and rubbed this on Jesus face when she said, “But,Lord by this time there is a bad odour for he has been there for days” Jesus in all humility responds and says, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?” This mess of a situation called for a totally different reaction.Jesus is just awesooooome!!!!
On taking away the stone,He does not cringe because of the smell or run away or quickly instruct them to close back the stone,instead he looks up and says…
“Father,I thank you that you have heard me.I knew that you always hear me,but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here,that they may believe you sent me” after which he calls Lazarus out and he comes out!
Such confidence and trust in the Father. In the midst of all the pressure, He stood His ground because He knew that the Father heard Him.He knew that through Him the Father would be glorified.
Jesus our perfect example in this chapter helps us see the benefit of trust in God and His sovereign will.We might not understand why what is happening is actually happening, but God sees and understands and at the end of the day,the situation you and I are and/may be facing culminates in His Glory. Trust Him and look up to heaven!Let your soul let go and trust Him,the winds and the waves still know His name to date!He is with you every step of the way!I challenge you to put your hope in Him.
A friend once quoted something at a graduation party I attended sometime back that has just left a lasting mark…“When you feel God is far away,guess who moved…”
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