The Day Jesus was Wrong, or so they thought.
Once upon a time, during the life of Jesus on earth he made a statement about a situation that turned out, to the understanding of those that heard him and followed the event, not quite the way he said it would. Jesus, the one who was known to have performed so many great miracles, for the first time, was wrong, or so they thought.
Jn 11:1 Now a certain [man] was sick, [named] Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.
Jn 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.
Those were the words of Jesus himself, but a few day later he said this:
Jn 11:11-14 …Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.
Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well.
Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep.
Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.
What a shock! Only a few days ago, Jesus was absolutely positive and he said that Lazarus was not going to die of the sickness he had. His disciples certainly were not expecting to learn of Lazarus’ death since Jesus the son of God had said his sickness would not end in death. But now he was breaking the news that Lazarus is dead.
Imagine the thoughts that would have been going on in the minds of the disciples. Thomas was probably thinking: “are you sure we can always count on Jesus’ every word?… I mean, he just proved to us that sometimes he could be…. well, maybe not wrong, but not right. I know he has good intentions but he was wrong all the same” Peter was probably going to scold Jesus for leading them to believe that Lazarus was going to live when he remembered that Jesus actually loved Lazarus and might be in grief, so he holds back. The bottom line however was that what Jesus said turned out in reality to be wrong, or so they thought.
The conclusion of the story of Lazarus and the sickness was going to be one that no man saw coming. By the time Jesus got to Bethany, the town of Lazarus and his sisters, Mary and Martha, Lazarus had been buried for four days already. He was certainly dead, so dead that he stank. In the midst of all that had happened, when Jesus met Martha he told her that her brother who was dead and buried and stinking and rotting was going to rise again. Of course he will on the last day she said. Her mind could not accommodate the event of a man coming back to life after being buried for four days. Besides, if Jesus really wanted him alive, he would never have let him die. But Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? John 11:25-26. And true to his word, Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead after being buried for four days and decaying.
To the natural human mind, the death of Lazarus was the end of the story and so we could conclude that Jesus was wrong when he said the sickness was not going to end in death.
Isa 55:8-11 For my thoughts [are] not your thoughts, neither [are] your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
For [as] the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper [in the thing] whereto I sent it.
When we see a dead end it doesn’t mean that God also sees a dead end. When we get to the end of our way it does not mean that God has gotten to the end of his. To everyone the death of Lazarus was the end, but to Jesus even death could not be the end, his word had to come to pass. Even if u wake up and find out that the sun did not rise in the morning, even that couldn’t stop the word of God from coming to pass.
So many of us give up on God because from everything we see, its game over for us. Some of us even wonder if we heard God well in the first place. We think to ourselves, I thought I heard God. The problem is that you are trying to think for God and make a way for him. That just does not work. God’s ways and thoughts are far above ours. All we need to know is that God’s word cannot go unfulfilled, even when it seems like Lazarus is dead, when God said he will not die and now he is buried and four days in the grave. Maybe God made you a promise and it looks like there is absolutely no way this can come to pass again. Two years or five years ago it might have been possible, but now the situation has crossed the line into the impossibility zone. Well, I have great news for you, God is a specialist in taking care of impossible situations. Remember Abraham and Sarah, when it became impossible for them to have children, God gave them Isaac. Remember the children of Israel’s exodus from Egypt? They were standing before the red sea, surrounded by mountains on the left and right and Pharaoh and his army were coming behind to destroy them. There was no way out, or so we would think. Psalm 77:19 says:
Thy way [is] in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known.
A more contemporary translation says you (God) had a secrete way in the sea and nobody new of it. [Paraphrased].
His ways are not ours. When the children of Israel saw inevitable death, God saw a magnificent victory. The more unlikely your victory the more glorious it shall be.
How difficult do you think it is for the word of God to come to pass in your life? Is it more difficult than Jesus word coming to pass that Lazarus’ sickness was not going to end in death when he was already dead? When it looks like God has failed and his word did not stand, remember Jesus’ word four days after Lazarus’ burial: …I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
If only you believe you will see the glory of God. It is not over until Gods word is fulfilled in your life.
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