Summary: It's easy to see a Lazarus Picture in the world: But I believe The Holy Spirit would have us look at that story again and we might Just see not Just a Lazarus world (But a Lazarus Church).
I love the story of Lazarus: I believe that Lazarus and his situation or condition and his resurrection is so powerful because it reminds us, “that it's not over till God says it's over”
It reminds us that God can do anything
It reminds us that God works in the dark
It reminds us that man's impossibilities are God's opportunities
It teaches us that God is not glorified by our sin or sickness and disease, but he is glorified by our deliverance, our healing, and our salvation.
In our story word comes to Jesus (Lazarus is sick) But Jesus waits 2 days to respond:
It could just as easily been 12 years like the woman with the issue of blood.
Or 38 years like the man at the Pool of Bethesda.
The point is: it doesn't matter
And the point is: it doesn't matter how long or how wrong or how strong: it is all the same to Jesus.
It's the same power that heals a headache that drives cancer out of your body
It’s the same power that heals a pulled muscle that drives demons out.
After 2 days Jesus says (Now Lets go wake Lazarus up)
Jesus is even reluctant to speak of Lazarus as dead, he simply says: he's asleep and I'm going to wake him up.
Because as far as God's power is concerned there is no difference.
Somebody here today needs to know: your case it's not too hard for Jesus.
It may be too hard for doctors, but Dr. Jesus will take your case.
Jesus is the healer
Another thing this story shows us is: it's never too late.
Never give up
Never quit praying,
Never quit confessing,
Never quit praising God.
Never quit believing.
You're closer than you think, you're on the edge of a miracle.
And this story shows us: sometimes God delays in answering our prayers why? So God alone gets the glory.
For many years the church has used this portion of Scripture to refer to what they have called the Lazarus generation.
Because Lazarus represents a hopeless cause, an irreversible situation, a condition beyond repair.
That which has gone beyond the Hope of no return, and that, which from all natural evidence is dead and buried.
That’s what it meant when they rolled the stone across the door: It meant (It’s over, it’s passed, it’s decided (it is what it is) and it’s never going to change.
But I feel something pushing me here:
Cause you can't refer to the story of Lazarus and end at the tomb, because the whole message of Lazarus is one of redemption, of resurrection, of healing and wholeness and deliverance.
At the voice of Jesus: Lazarus is raised from the dead and the end becomes a new beginning, Where death had reigned life begins again.
And that is the message to what has been called the Lazarus Generation
(God is not finished with you: You may be bound, you may be full of demons, you make look dead, and act dead, you may look like you’re beyond hope)
But at the Sound of His voice (The dead are raise)
This generation: Is not unreachable, they are not beyond hope.
But the answer is not in religion, it’s not in philosophies, or traditions of man: It’s not in our ideas, and churchanity, and it’s not in these semi religious songs today that make no difference between your boyfriend, or girl friend or Jesus.
Just like Lazarus: They Must hear the Voice of Jesus
John 5:25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.
The sad thing today is that: There are not many places where Jesus Voice is being heard
We’re hearing all kinds of goofy doctrine, and all kinds of self-help gurus, and gracism, teachers and life coaches:
We don’t hear very many Pure Simple Undiluted, Unadulterated preachers of the gospel anymore.
When Lazarus Hears the Voice of Jesus he is resurrected:
When this Lazarus Generation hears the Voice of Jesus they will also be resurrected.
*And they might rise from the dead with green hair, with tattoos, with piercing all over their bodies, and they might even rise from the dead not sure of whether they are male or female. But the Church has to be ready to loose them
We have to have enough of the love and the compassion of Christ to look past their past and equip them for their destiny.
If the Church is not able to do this: (As far as making a difference in the world is concerned, the church is irrelevant).
I’m not talking about endorsing all this weird stuff: I’m talking about loving the person enough to deal with the weird stuff in order to loose them into their destiny.