Have you ever had someone speak words of prophecy over you? For some out there who do not believe in the Word of God or of religions, an example could be something as simple as “that kid is going to be an amazing artist” or “with a wrist shot like that, the kid is going to be the next great one”. There were also some whom it was said, were going to end up on the short end of the stick or be in jail before their fourteenth birthday. I just watched a documentary about Dr. Billy Graham and, before he was touched by God, some would say he was not going to amount to much. The one statement that drives me right round the bend is when people spread false prophecy over others when they declare a person is going to hell for what or who they are. They have basically taken the position of God by declaring eternal damnation upon another simply due to their own limited perception of that person’s life. Let us consider Lazarus.
In John 11, it is declared that Lazarus was a sick man. In those days, sickness was a sign of sin and it would have been wrong for a Rabbi or a Priest to come into his home but Christ went there for a visit with His friends. Unwell physically meant unwell spiritually and Lazarus was, in essence, bound for the depths of hell yet Jesus knew better. Let’s think about this for a moment. There were those out there who, when they became unwell, were shunned because illness equals evil which was contagious so one must stay away lest they be affected. I can assure you Lazarus did not want to get sick but it happens, right? The keepers of the Law would be the first to point out that Lazarus is dirty and must be avoided yet Christ sought out His friends, Lazarus, Martha and Mary. While the keepers of the Law are blinded by the fear of breaking the rules set before them, Christ is bent on being with those who are in need of healing, desire release from the torment of the judgement and simple want to be embraced in the loving arms of the Master. Isn’t that what we all want? Scripture says “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him. John 3:16-17 For God’s children to think they are greater than the Master and declare judgement upon their brothers and sisters is the greatest tragedy they could do. We are commanded to declare the love and grace of the Saviour to all who will listen rather than call down rivers of fire on those who will not listen. Remember, the thief on the cross declared the glory of the Messiah with his last breath on the cross and Christ declared “you will be with Me in Glory”. Do the world a favour and point them to the Way, the Truth and the Light.
Take some time to look up “The Story of Lazarus – Bud Robinson”. There is a free version on the web ( https://place.asburyseminary.edu/firstfruitsheritagematerial/96/ ) and plan to join us this Sunday for the start of what should be a fascinating series. We would love for you to join us either in person or online Sunday at 10:30 AM MST.
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