Wednesday Word 4.05.2017

John 11:38-45 New International Version
38 Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. 39 “Take away the stone,” he said. “But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.” 40 Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” 41 So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.” 43 When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.” 45 Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him.

Shhhhh. Listen. Is Jesus calling your name?

Because we know the story, we know who Jesus was and who sent him. Although it is more than my brain can fully comprehend, the Bible tells us why he came to save us. We do not have to be like Lazarus. We don’t have to wait until death comes for us to hear our Master call. Listen. Can you hear him calling?

You can answer him today. You can make a conscious effort to follow his voice, learn his ways, grow in his teachings. Sometimes what we don’t know seems daunting. We don’t know if we will be up for the task. God knows all about us, even to the number of hairs on our head. He knows that we are going to mess up. But he loves us anyway. That is why we need his mercy so desperately. That’s why we need Jesus who told us in Matthew 28:20, “I am with you always.” Jesus is with you now. Can you hear him calling you…something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ, Vicki

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