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End In Death

End In Death

21 December 2009

Scripture:

But when Jesus heard about it he said, “Lazarus’s sickness will not end in death. No, it happened for the glory of God so that the Son of God will receive glory from this.” (John 11:4 NLT)

When Jesus got the news of his friend Lazarus’s illness, instead of leaving immediately for Bethany he delayed his departure two days. When he heard about the illness, he told his followers, “Lazarus’s sickness will not end in death.” Then Lazarus died and by the time Jesus and his disciples reached the home of Martha and Mary, Lazarus had been dead four days and the funeral week was in full swing.

Jesus could have healed Lazarus from his illness but instead allowed the illness to run its course, bringing about Lazarus’s death. Lazarus had died of his sickness, but the sickness did not end in death!

God doesn’t promise that bad things won’t happen to his children. He doesn’t even promise that things won’t get so bad it looks like it’s over and time for the funeral. Remember that Jesus didn’t say, “Lazarus won’t die.” Jesus said, “Lazarus’s sickness won’t end in death.”

Jesus alone can resurrect our dead and dying hopes, dreams, relationships, and situations. When bad news comes, when things are beyond human hope, take the bad news to Jesus. With Jesus involved, life’s greatest losses don’t have to end in death.

Prayer:

Father, please give us the hope of resurrection – not only the resurrection of the dead on the last day that Martha had, but hope of resurrection of dead dreams, relationships, and situations. Jesus, I pray that you will call dying relationships, broken dreams, and dead hopes out of the grave of despair this Christmas season. Please reassure us as you did your friends back then, that our pain and loss, disappointment and discouragement, won’t end in death. Amen.

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