Summary: A solution for all of our dead situations in our lives

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When Jesus appears in a Dead Situation


Main verse:

John 11:17-22

Then when Jesus came, he found that he had lain in the grave four days already. [18] Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off: [19] And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother. [20] Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house. [21] Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. [22] But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.



In the beginning of this text, we see JESUS return to Bethany planning to attend to Lazarus’ grave four days after he had received the news that Lazarus was gravely ill. JESUS was in Bethabara an area north of Bethany right beyond the Jordan River. This is the same area were he was baptize by John earlier. JESUS decides to come here after being excommunicated from the synagogue in Jerusalem and minister to people in the area. Jesus stayed in Bethabara and it seems like he did not care about the news, but remember the people in Jerusalem wanted to kill him earlier. Some may say that He wanted the situation to die down before returning, but that is not in the Bible. While in Bethabara JESUS was giving a special mission to complete in Bethany and he had to abide there in order to complete it. We have many times before said that the Lord work in mysterious ways. Yet, one would question why would JESUS allow the ones that he love to suffer so much? Why did JESUS allow Lazarus to suffer and die of his illness? JESUS answer this question in

John 11:4

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.

How can GOD gain the glory out of your pain and suffering? Understand the trials and tribulations in our lives; we do not know why we go through them. Our human minds are unable to gasp the concept of why the ones that truly love the LORD have to suffer. I know that many of us church folk are quick to say, “I love the LORD he heard my cry or my faith is in the LORD”. In the book of James:

James 1:2-3

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; [3] Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

How can we have joy and faith in GOD when we have lost our patience in the situation; and we are in our minds constantly asking, “Why me lord?”

Psalm 30:5

For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

Somebody, right now, is wondering how long is it until morning? We truly begin to feel that the Lord has not heard our cry and minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day, week by week, month by month, and year by year our faith begin to fade. After a period time we have to admit that, the situation that we involved in is dead.

Now, what is a dead situation? Though Lazarus was literally dead, there are more events in our lives that we consider dead:

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