Has anyone ever told you to do something that sounds completely stupid? That’s exactly what happens in this passage.
John 11:39-40 - “Roll the stone aside,” Jesus told them.
But Martha, the dead man’s sister, protested, “Lord, he has been dead for four days. The smell will be terrible.”
Jesus responded, “Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believe?”
Martha’s brother, Lazarus had been dead for four days and Jesus arriving at the scene asked them to roll the stone away from the tomb. I find it fascinating how Jesus has the power to raise Lazarus from the dead yet he still asks the bystanders to move the stone first. Surely he could have just done this himself? He could have, but Jesus wanted those around to step out in faith. This wasn’t a small task, this was hugely bold and would’ve required lots of faith from those involved. I can picture them backing out as they realised how stupid this was, afterall it would have stunk.
Eventually they respond in obedience rolling the stone away, then Jesus brought Lazarus back to life. What strikes me is that in order for the miracle to take place, the faith of the humans had to partner with the supernatural power of Jesus. Where in our lives is Jesus calling us to respond with faith? Perhaps it's praying for someone? Or talking to a friend about Jesus?
Take a moment today to ask Jesus what he is calling you to step in to, then step past that barrier called fear.
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