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Day Seventeen
When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and
said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” When Jesus saw
her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply
moved in spirit and troubled. “Where have you laid him?” he asked. “Come and see,
Lord,” they replied. Jesus wept. Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” But some
of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man
from dying?” Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a
stone laid across the entrance. “Take away the stone,” he said.
“But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor,
for he has been there four days.” Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe,
you will see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and
said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me,
but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that
you sent me.” When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”
The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth
around his face. Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”
John 11:32-44
Jesus loved people. He loved relationships. He loved his disciples. He loved his friends.
Lazarus was one of his friends. He spent time in his house, along with his sisters Mary
and Martha. He loved Lazarus. The disciples inform Jesus that his friend is sick. He goes
on with his teaching ministry. Finally, his disciples tell Jesus that Lazarus has died. He
goes to Lazarus’ house and is greeted by Martha, who tells Jesus if you had only been
here my brother would still be alive. Jesus tells Martha, I am the resurrection and the
Do you believe this? This is a strange question to ask a grieving sister, but she responds,
Yes, I believe. It was a Jewish custom that once a person was dead for three days, He
was dead and was not coming back to life. Jesus waits for their belief to turn into a
reality. He asks the grieving sisters a second time, do you believe this?
Margaret Sangster Phippen wrote that in the mid 1950’s her father, British minister
W.E. Sangster, began to notice some uneasiness in his throat and a dragging in his leg.
When he went to the doctor, he found that he had an incurable disease that caused
progressive muscular atrophy. His muscles would gradually waste away, his voice would
fail, and his throat would soon become unable to swallow.
Sangster threw himself into his work in the British home missions, figuring he could still
write and he would have even more time for prayer. “Let me stay in the struggle Lord,”
he pleaded. “I don’t mind if I can no longer be a General, but give me just a regiment to
lead.” He wrote articles and books and helped organize prayer cells throughout
England. “I’m only in the kindergarten of suffering,” he told people who pitied him.
Gradually Sangster’s legs became useless. His voice went completely. But he could still
hold a pen, shakily.
On Easter morning, just a few weeks before he died, he wrote a letter to his daughter. In
it, he said, “It is terrible to wake up on Easter morning and have no voice to shout, “He
is risen!” – – But it would be still more terrible to have a voice and not want to shout.”
Our living hope…the belief that makes us want to shout…”He is risen”; comes because
Jesus is “the Resurrection…He is the Life…And the one who believes in Him will live,
even if they die…And whoever lives by believing in Jesus will never die.”

It’s still the most important question ever asked: Do you believe this?
This morning, take time to reflect on the most important question ever asked: Do you
believe Jesus is the resurrection and life? God wants to perform the Lazarus miracle in
your heart and soul today. Pray for the faith to believe. Pray for your family and friends
that need more faith. Pray for NewLife to have faith to believe in the Lazarus miracle.
God doesn’t want to resuscitate you, He wants to resurrect your heart and soul today!