Take Away The Stone
When Jesus came to the area where His good friends Mary and Martha, the sisters of Lazarus were, He was deeply troubled by their sadness, Jesus wept. They could not foresee or supernaturally understand what was about to happen… They were looking at the situation logically, in the natural… Their brother was dead, and Jesus was too late to do anything about it. The Bible says in John 11:38, That Jesus was groaning in himself as he came to the tomb. He loved these three friends so much… He felt their pain deeply. But, when Jesus said in verse 39, “‘TAKE AWAY THE STONE.’ Martha said,” Lord, by this time there is a stench for he has been dead four days.'”
How many of us miss the “Take away the stone,” moments that Jesus is trying to do in our lives because we cannot logically understand his ways? Jesus himself said to take away the stone and Martha told him it was not a good idea! How many times have we ignored God’s promptings because to us, it makes no sense? Faith, again, is in what we cannot see! Martha was basically telling Jesus, who was about to supernaturally and miraculously raise her brother from the dead, that this was a situation that could not be resurrected, that this was a dead and stinky, situation, and that it was too late…Jesus said, “Did I not say to you that if you would BELIEVE you would SEE the glory of God?”
Believe Then See
Did you notice the order in the scripture? We need to believe first then we will see! What will we see? The glory of God! This means we will see things that will be outside the natural realm of possibility, we will see miracles, we will see the supernatural. While Jesus was talking to Martha, at the exact same time, the stone was being rolled away by the others that were there…
It says in verse 41, “THEN they took the stone away…” So right in the midst of her unbelief, Jesus had sent others to work on her behalf… God sends us all the help we need to help roll the stones away from our lives. What happens next is amazing Jesus THANKS his own Father…Jesus could only do what his Father in heaven allowed him to do and in verse 42, Jesus says, “Thank you that you have heard me, and I know that you always hear me.”
It’s All For God’s Glory
THEN, after giving thanks to his Father, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus come forth!” Verse 44, it goes on to say that when Lazarus came forth, He was bound hand and foot with grave clothes and his face was completely wrapped… But Jesus again said to the others, “Loose him and let him Go!” Lazarus was resurrected but he was not yet FREE. Jesus invited others to be part of the supernatural miracle…Jesus wants us free indeed. And Jesus does not do anything halfway, not only will we come out of bondage but we will be completely free! There’s no halfway breakthrough with Jesus it’s always so much more than we could ever imagine…We all need others to help us when we are bound…Matthew 18:20 says, “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
It doesn’t matter what we are looking at, it doesn’t matter that our facts are correct…Lazarus was dead, that’s a fact! It only matters that we believe that God can do anything and that his truth can override our emotions, our feelings, and our logic… He’s just asking us to believe and yes, if we believe, we will see the glory of God!
Too many of us are praying and praising the Lord but we’re not touching the stone! Let’s not miss our miracle because of unbelief or because we cannot logically see an answer. Let’s ask Jesus to send the help we need to get our stones rolling, let’s let faith activate what needs to be resurrected in our lives… it’s time to be free and unbound! ROLL THE STONE AWAY! It’s time to stop delaying God’s power!
2 Corinthians 6:1-2 says, “As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. For He says,“In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.”
I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.