The miraculous raising of
Lazarus from the dead is one of my favorite stories in the
Bible. I can just place myself in that multitude of people
and imagine the utter amazement of seeing Lazarus slowing
emerge from the darkness of his tomb...ALIVE! Like as did
Thomas, I would think there were people present who would have
had to fall to their knees and humbly confess, "My Lord and my
But now, let me draw your
attention to a significant point in this familiar story that
may, at times, be overlooked. Why did Jesus, who had the
power to command the dead back to life by simply saying,
"Lazarus, come forth!" ask those present to "roll away the
stone?" (John 11:39) One who possessed the power to raise the
dead could have certainly, by this same power, rolled away the
stone. But he didn't. Instead he asked others to perform
Ever wonder why he enlisted the
cooperation of those present? Ever wonder why such a
seemingly insignificant detail was recorded for us to read?
Maybe it was to teach a lesson; a lesson which teaches us that
Jesus wants our cooperation.
While Jesus, in his sacrifice,
did for us what we could not do for ourselves, we still must
cooperate through faith and obedience. Our salvation depends
of the work of Christ which was beyond our ability, as well as
our faithful response which is well within our ability.
In other words, our salvation
is much like the raising of Lazarus from the dead. Jesus took
care of the part that was beyond our ability, but expected us
to do what was within our own ability. Give it some thought.
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