Conversation with Jesus

We have looked at Martha’s response to Jesus’ arrival. Now we turn to Jesus. We will see how He responded to her lack of full faith in Him. We need to see how He dealt with her poor kind of faith. He could have responded by saying something like the following:

“Martha, Martha, what poor thoughts you have of me. I have been with you for a long time, and you still do not know that I am both willing to and will raise your brother.”

Jesus could have said something like that, but He did not. Such rebuke is not helpful during deep sorrow. It may have been misunderstood. Martha thought she was expressing great faith in Jesus when she said, “But I know that even now, God will give you whatever you ask.” (v. 22)

Jesus took the opportunity to teach Martha more about Himself at this point. He made the following statement: “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die” (verses 25-26)

Jesus spoke to her condition specifically. She had attempted to push the resurrection off to the last day. Jesus taught her that He was the resurrection. Wherever Jesus is there is life. Jesus was present physically. This meant there was going to be physical life. Lazarus would live again. Jesus is now present spiritually. There is a spiritual resurrection. If you are a believer in the Christ, you have experienced this resurrection. You are dead in trespasses and sin. Therefore, your life is hid in Christ. Colossians 3:3

I Corinthians 15:45-46 says that the first man was a living soul, and the last Adam (Jesus Christ) was made a “quickening spirit.” First comes the natural, and then the spiritual. Note that Jesus teaches Martha this truth by saying “He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.” (Verses 25-26). What then is the direct application of these verses? This brings us to the conclusion of this lesson.

Jesus asks Martha does she believe this. (Verse 26) Jesus had made another “I am” statement,and He had elaborated on it.

As I close this lesson, I would like to ask you same question Jesus asked Martha. Do you believe this? This is a personal question to you the reader. Do you believe what is recorded in the Bible? Do you possess the faith that is mentioned here? Do you have what it takes to stand strong in the storms and trials of life? You have a hope that goes beyond the grave.

Read I Corinthians 15:51-58

 

Jesus, the Resurrection, and the Old Testament

The genuineness of Jesus’ resurrection was the final witness to all the other signs and wonders as performed by Him.

 

The topic of resurrection is found in both the Old and New Testaments.

 

Jesus is the center of apostolic preaching, especially his resurrection.

 

Acts 2:24 (KJV)
(24) Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.

 

This verse speaks of Jesus when He rose from the dead. The chains of death could not hold Jesus in their grasp. In Acts 2:29-32, Paul speaks of the patriarch, David. God tells David his seed will bring forth the Messiah. Jesus Christ would fulfill the Davidic Covenant. He speaks of the resurrection of Christ (v. 31). His soul would not be left in hell. Neither would His body see corruption. Paul states that this has been witnessed by the apostles and disciples.

 

The thing, which the agency of God brings about, is a new or spiritual birth, a resurrection from spiritual death, the inducing of a new and holy life.

Christ speaks of the Old Testament Scriptures after His resurrection. He says “all things must be fulfilled which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the Psalms concerning me.” Luke 24:44

 

 

Where I am

I am suppose to be writing on the second half of John 11, but I’m at an impasse. I am seeking Jesus about how to write about the different responses that the resurrection miracle revealed. This miracle caused Jesus’ enemies to come to the conclusion that He must die. Others believed in Him. I might be trying too hard to write about this portion of Scripture.

Please keep me in your prayers as I face this task.

Common Causes of Fear Part Two

Your Security Feels Threatened

 

-Financial security: “If I don’t do well on this presentation, I might lose my job. Then I won’t be able to support myself or my family.

 

-Physical safety: “If I drive too far from home, I might have an accident and even possibly be killed.”

 

-Physical health: “If I am not really careful about what I eat–or even touch–I may get sick…I could literally die!”

 

Your Solution

 

Learn that your security is in your personal relationship with the Lord.

 

“In God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”

Psalm 56:11

 

Common Causes of Fear

God gives Gideon his first directive. Those who are fearful can return home. Talking about separating the brave from the fearful! Gideon lost 22,000 men because of this directive. Although they had enough faith to fight–they could not fight fearlessly. This was a requirement from God. Fear contaminates faith. http://ref.ly/Dt20.1-4. See also verse 8 of this chapter.

 

10,000 remained in Gideon’s army, and that was still too many. http://ref.ly/Jg7.4

 

What makes the difference between situations that evoke no fear, and those situations that evoke great fear? The perception is the answer to this question. Gideon is not one of the fearful men who return home. An individual’s perception of a situation affects both the degree of the person’s fear (how much fear will the person feel) and the way they respond to that fear. This involves what the individual will do because of the fear.

 

Fear is a natural human reaction to feeling threatened. This manifests itself either physically or emotionally. It is manifested in three areas:

 

-love

-significance

-security

 

Your Love from Others Feels Threatened

 

-Primary relationship: “If I lose my marriage partner, I don’t know what I will do or how I can go on living.”

 

-Talents and abilities: “If I don’t do well enough, I’ll lose my friends. Then I’ll be all alone.”

 

There is no manifestation of faith and dependence upon the Lord in these statements. The cares of this world weigh the individual down.

 

-Physical attractiveness: “If I start looking older and put on weight, I will lose the affection I need so badly.”

 

-Position in a relationship: “If you spend time with other people, then you do not really love me.”

 

The Solution

 

The individual must learn that they are loved by the Lord beyond measure.

 

“As high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him.” Psalm 103:11

 

Your Significance Feels Threatened

 

-Identity: “If I lose my position at work, I will lose all that I have worked to achieve. Then what reason will I have to live?”

 

-Self-esteem: “If I embarrass myself in front of people, I will never be able to go back there–I’ll be too ashamed.”

 

-Reputation: “If anyone finds out about my compulsive habit, I’ll lose face with everyone.”

 

Self-fulfillment: “If I don’t complete my goals, my life will be a failure.”

 

Your Solution

 

Learn that you are so significant that the Lord chose to save you and has planned the future for you.

 

“God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. Isaiah 12:2