Nuggets of Gold
Vital Words To The Body of Christ from New Foundations Ministries
One of the most controversial and mis- understood of Jesus' miracles is the raising of Lazarus from the dead. Lazarus' name means "one who God helps". In studying the raising of Lazarus, it becomes clear Lazarus is a type of the organized church system in the world today. John record:
"Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha." John 11:1
Lazarus was sick. The word sick means "weak, feeble, and without strength". This truly describes the church system today.
"Therefore his sisters sent unto Him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick." John 11:3
Jesus still loves the church, but realizes it is sick, weak, feeble, and His power, the Holy Spirit has been denied admittance.
"When Jesus heard that, He said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby." John 11:4
Jesus stated, "This sickness is not unto death". But His desire is to see God's glory in His church again.
"When He had heard therefore that He was sick, He abode two days still in the same place where He was." John 11:6
Jesus abode two days where He was. Peter states a day is a thousand years. For the past two thousand years, Jesus has remained at the right hand of the Father, waiting for the day He will be glorified in His saints, II Thessalonians 1:10.
"Then after that saith He to His disciples, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth;but I go, that I may awake Him out of sleep."John 11:11
Jesus never spoke of the death of His saints. He always stated, "They sleep". All Jesus spoke about was LIVING. Mankind is still under the curse of death, but God has a people who will overcome death, the last enemy of mankind. Jesus' disciples had no understanding of Jesus' words.
"Then said His disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well. Then Jesus said unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead." John 11:12 & 14.
This does away with the idea that Lazarus was only in a coma.
"Then when Jesus came, He found that he had lain in the grave four days already." John 11:17
When Martha came to Jesus, she said, "If thou hadst been here, my brother had not died." If God had been given the pre-eminence in the church, the church would not be in the condition it is in today.
"Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again." John 11:23
It is God's desire to restore the church again to its rightful place in the community. Before He can do this, the people of God have to restore Him to His rightplace in their lives. The prophet Isaiah spoke of our day:
"But this is a people robbed and spoiled: they are all of them snared in holes, and they are hid in prison houses: they are for a prey, and none delivereth; for a spoil and none saith, Restore." Isaiah 42:22
The prison houses are their denominational orders who have robbed God's people of their inheritance. But praise be to God, the message of restoration is beginning to be heard throughout the land. Martha, with her limited understanding, stated:
"I know that He shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day." John 11:24
Everyone looks for the great resurrection of the dead, but we all have been resurrected. We were all dead in our sin and sin nature. The only way out of death is resurrection. Jesus spoke to John of those who were part of His first resurrection.
"Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years." Revelation 20:6
The first resurrection is made up of those who have overcome the old, sin nature. As Jesus revealed unto Martha:
"I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die. Believest thou this?" John 11:25-26
Jesus is the only resurrection we will know. He was given us as an example that we should follow His steps. One of the most famous Scriptures in the Bible, is "Jesus wept", John 11:35. Jesus was not weeping for Lazarus. He was weeping for the people's unbelief. His tears still flow because of the unbelief in the church system today. When Jesus came to the tomb, He said:
"Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto Him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days. Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto Thee, that if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?" John 11:39-40
The multitude today believes they will only see the glory of God when they die and go to heaven. They have no vision of the glory God will reveal in His people.
"And when He thus had spoken, He cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth." John 11:43
Today God's voice is raised unto His people. Arise and come forth unto the New Day when His glory shall be revealed in His resurrected saints.
"And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothess: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go." John 11:44
The dead are those who are trapped in their prison houses. Truly, they have been bound hand and foot, and wrapped in the grave clothes of their religious orders. Jesus is truly crying out today, "Loose them! Let them go!"
The face of Lazarus was wrapped in a napkin. The face is the head. The church system has their head wrapped in a napkin to where the headship of Christ cannot be seen.
When God's people are released from their religious bondages, they can truly be restored in their relationship with Christ Jesus as Lord of their lives. Lift up your heads! Your redemption draweth nigh! Loose Christ's headship in your life!
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