15
Feb
2012

JOHN 11:26-36 JESUS SAID WHOEVER LIVES AND BELIEVES IN ME SHALL NEVER DIE. DO YOU BELIEVE THIS

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John 11:26 "And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?" 27 She said to Him, "Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world." 28 And when she had said these things, she went her way and secretly called Mary her sister, saying, "The Teacher has come and is calling for you." 29 As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly and came to Him. 30 Now Jesus had not yet come into the town, but was in the place where Martha met Him. 31 Then the Jews who were with her in the house, and comforting her, when they saw that Mary rose up quickly and went out, followed her, saying, "She is going to the tomb to weep there." 32 Then, when Mary came where Jesus was, and saw Him, she fell down at His feet, saying to Him, "Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died." 33 ¶ Therefore, when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled.

34 And He said, "Where have you laid him?" They said to Him, "Lord, come and see." 35 Jesus wept. 36 Then the Jews said, "See how He loved him!"

In this section of Scripture we see that Jesus has just told Martha that He is the Resurrection and the Life. Then He asks a very important question. He says do you believe whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die? Then she makes a great confession of who He is. She gives Him three titles; He is the Lord, the Christ, and the Son of God. First she says He is the Master and King over everything, He is Lord; and then she says He is the Messiah, the Anointed One, and then lastly the Son of God which speaks of His humanity. He is all God and all man, that is what the Bible teaches. We then see her go get her sister Mary and then she falls at Jesus’s feet and says that if only statement. If only, we need to realize that the if only’s do not matter in God’s economy. Then the famous statement of Jesus weeping over the effects of sin and death that have come into this world, even though they accomplish the purposes of God. We need to remember that God uses all things to accomplish His purposes, even the bad things are being used to bring it all to the place where it all turns out just like He said it would in His Word, the Bible.

8
Feb
2012

John 11:25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he

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John 11:17 So when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the tomb four days. 18 Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles away. 19 And many of the Jews had joined the women around Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother. 20 Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him, but Mary was sitting in the house. 21 Then Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 "But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You." 23 Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again." 24 Martha said to Him, "I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day." 25 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. 26 "And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?"

In this section of Scripture we see the famous saying of Jesus, that He is the Resurrection and the Life. Mary says to Jesus, if only. This is one of the three if only’s in this section. We always think if only, but God can even take the bad and turn it to His good “if only” we will trust Him and let Him do His work His way. He lets Mary know that even though her brother had been dead for four days it was not too late. Are you facing a situation that seems hopeless, that time is running out and it is not going the way you want it to? Remember Jesus may be four days late in our way of thinking, but He is always right on time in working things out the right way, GOD’s WAY….. Ephesians 3:20-21 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.