He Will Walk Miles For You
Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So, when he heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was. Then after this he said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.” The disciples said to him, “Rabbi, the Jews were just now seeking to stone you, and are you going there again?” Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.” After saying these things, he said to them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I go to awaken him.” — John 11:5-11
We need to remember where Jesus is. He is in the desert. If you recall, at the end of John 10, he left Jerusalem, which had now become a highly volatile situation, and they walked straight east to where everything began — the Jordan River area, where he was baptized by John the Baptist.
And we don't know how long they were there, but at some point, they get word that Lazarus is sick. And for Lazarus, this is not a good situation. It's an illness that is serious enough to kill him. But here's the deal. They are at least a 12-hour (40-mile) walk from there. And it's a walk back into what is a highly volatile situation because the place that Lazarus is from is just outside Jerusalem.
But, as the author illustrates, there was this special connection that Jesus had with this little family — Lazarus and his two sisters, Mary and Martha. And because of this, Jesus returns, which demonstrates the love and resolve he had for them.
I assume there are men out there today who need to know this about Jesus. Jesus is willing to put himself intentionally in harm's way against all reasonable advice to give you life. There is no desert he won't walk through and no road he won't travel to come after you. So if you have been looking for a new life. Resurrection life from all the death and destruction in your life. The only one who provides it is Jesus. He is unlike anyone you have ever known. He is the Savior of my life, and he can be your Savior too. So don't wait one more moment. Receive Him as your Lord and Savior and discover his power to raise you into new life.
- How does the story of Jesus intentionally putting himself in harm's way to bring life and resurrection to Lazarus and his family speak to your own life? Are there areas in your life where you need Jesus to intervene and bring new life?
- Reflect on the depth of Jesus' love and resolve for you personally. How does knowing that Jesus is willing to walk through deserts and face danger for your sake impact your faith and relationship with Him? How can you respond to His love and surrender your life to Him more fully?
DO THIS: Receive Jesus's resurrection life.
PRAY THIS: God, thank you for the unwavering love and sacrifice of Jesus, who walks through deserts and dangers to bring me new life. Help me surrender fully to Him, and may His resurrection power transform every area of my life. Amen.
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