Summary: How can we see Jesus Christ do a great work in and through us? And I am talking about a mighty work, a work changing us from the inside out, enabling us to become the man or woman in Christ we are capable of being.
Seeing Christ Do A Great Work
John 11 – Part 2
1. According to Romans 8:34, Christ is in heaven doing a great work – He is praying on our behalf to the Father.
2. Discussed previously, today we are not seeing the outward, physical signs and wonders that were so prevalent during Christ’s earthly ministry. But don’t think Christ has stopped working and is on an eternal siesta. He is very much at work.
4. Remember, if you are in Christ, divine power is working in your life. Christ desires to do amazing things in your life, ultimately changing you into His glorious image.
5. But how can we see Jesus Christ do a great work in and through us? And I am talking about a mighty work, a work changing us from the inside out, enabling us to become the man or woman in Christ we are capable of being.
6. There are some key principles from this text. If learned and applied to our lives, they will allow Christ to do a mighty work in and through us.
First, simply do what Christ has commanded.
Second, overcome the voice of opposition.
1. Christ desired to do a great work for Lazarus, but right before He did it, He was hit with opposition (vs. 38-39). At another time, Christ was laughed to scorn.
2. Whenever God is about to do a great work, you can always expect some sort of opposition. We see this throughout the Bible. It is true concerning God’s work on earth today, which is done through the local church, and it is also true in our personal lives.
• This was true during the time of Nehemiah’s tenure as leader of Israel. When he got serious about seeing God do a great work in Jerusalem, there were Sanballat and Tobiah, skeptics, who tried to discourage him from the LORD’s work. Look at Nehemiah 2:19-20. This kind of people have always existed and always will.
3. When you begin to get serious about the Lord and the things of God, especially when God is doing some awesome things in your life, opposition will be stirred up to hinder His working.
4. Sometimes that voice will come from friends and sometimes from family (Martha was Jesus’ dear friend). This can hurt deeply, but you can’t let it stop you.
5. Sometimes that voice of doubt will come from within our own hearts. Martha’s opposition came from her own human reasoning. It’s extremely easy to become negative and cynical; oftentimes, we become doubters in our attitudes and mindsets.
• If you tend to struggle with this, you need to make this a matter of prayer. You have to decide if you are going to be a “John” (he went into the empty tomb, saw, and believed), or be a “Thomas” (he didn’t believe even after the other disciples saw and testified of Jesus’ resurrection). Will you be like Nehemiah’s helpers (let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work), or Sanballat (it can’t be done)?