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turn with me to a very familiar story

I’ve gone over it many times but I want

to do it from the perspective of what

I’ve been talking about in John

11 God why are you killing

me for a number of weeks we’ve been

asking that question and we’ve looked at

various scenarios in the Bible where it

looks like God was working against his

people God was looking like the one

causing the

problem rather than the one solving the


God why are you killing

me why are you hurting me like

this and we all know the story of Martha

Mary and

Lazarus Martha and Mary have come to

Jesus and they said our brother is

sick our brother is sick they had a they

had a go to Jesus meeting chapter 11

veres 1 and two and

three and you love him and he’s sick

verse three says Jesus gave him a

promise that sickness is not to end in

death but for the glory of

God now the first thing you’ve got to

know is that God uses sickness he says

this sickness is for the glory of God so

God does use sickness and allows it so

anybody who says if you saved you don’t

get sick that’s just not

true that is just not true true in fact

if that were true you would never die

because nothing would ever be

wrong but God was going to use it it’s

for the glory of God so that the Son of

God may be glorified by it so God allows

negative scenarios and he uses some

negative scenarios for his

glory the problem

occurs in that Lazarus we would say dies

but notice what Jesus does in verse 11

then he said and after that he said to

them our friend Lazarus has fallen

asleep Jesus Takes the word death and


it he says he’s fallen asleep he wanted

to give them a different view of

death and by the way when you die quote

unquote to use our normal nomenclature

you fall asleep you end that and that

word is only used of Christians by the

way you fall asleep you enter into

another Realm Of

Consciousness so the problem occurs in

verse 20 Martha therefore when she heard

that Jesus was coming went to meet him

but Mary stayed at home because Mary is

not talking to Jesus she’s

upset because she called on Jesus and

Jesus did absolutely nothing and if you

tell the truth many of us get upset cuz

we didn’t called on him and called on

him called on him him and he was nowhere

to be found verse 21 Martha then said to

Jesus Lord if you would have been here

my brother would not have died

translation is your

fault cuz cuz you weren’t here I called

you and told you we needed you here you

didn’t come here is your fault cuz if

you came here if if you would have come

here when we called you we wouldn’t be

in this

mess even now I know whatever you ask of

God God will give you now that that is

an amazing amount of

Faith because even though she’s upset

because she blames him she says if you

would have even

now he’s been dead now four days even

now God will listen to you she has a

very high view of Jesus which is I’m G

end with that in just a moment but Jesus

said to her your brother will rise

again Martha said said to him I know

that he will rise again in the

Resurrection on the last day i’ I’ve

been to prophecy conferences and I know

that one day in the sweep by and by when

we cross over the Chile Jordan River he

will rise

again verse 25 Jesus said to her I am

the resurrection and the life whoever

believes in me will live even if he dies

and everyone who lives in Believes In Me

will never die do you believe

this that’s what I want to talk about

for a few minutes I want to ask you a

question here’s my question it was


question do you believe this that’s the

question do you


this Jesus says your brother will rise

again she says well I know he will rise

again in the

resurrection Jesus raises the question

do you believe I am the

resurrection that’s a different

belief she believed in the theology he

will rise again you know in the future

resurrection that was theologically

accurate but Jesus’s question question

is not about a theological statement

it’s about a

person I am the

resurrection see many of us believe

about Jesus who don’t believe in the

Jesus we believe

about in other words we believe the data

we’ll amen we will amen the sermon we

will amen the the

information but Jesus switches the

question the truth of God the

information you learn about God is

always designed to lead you to the god

you learn the information

about so if all you do is go to the

information you have not experienced The

God Who gave

it we don’t need more data we need to

experience the God who gave the data we


know Jesus says I am the resurrection

please notice he makes it personal not


doctrinal and he makes it present tense

not merely future tense I know my

brother will rise again Jesus says I

am he brings it back from sometime in

the unforeseen future to the presence

present right now I am and those of us

who remember the book of Exodus that was

the name for God I am that I am I am now

what is

he he is the resurrection what needs

Resurrection something that has

died that that’s what you resurrect

something that has died so watch


why does God allow something in your

world to

die so that you can experience

Resurrection why because once you

experience Resurrection you’ve had a

personal experience with God and not

merely an informational study about

God see most of us here tonight don’t

need another sermon we need a we need a


experience doctrine that is biblical

truth is designed to bring you into


experience biblical truth is is the

roadway to the

supernatural it is not merely to know


information and once you stop with the

with the information and Mr I am the

resurrection then you’ve missed the

experience so God let Lazarus

die because he wanted them to see that

he was the

resurrection so suppose right now what

God is letting you or me or us go

through is on purpose now I know you’re

praying to get out of it you’re praying

to be delivered from it you praying I

got that and there’s nothing wrong with

that but suppose his purpose

yes okay when she went to him she said

my brother is sick in the first three

verses so it was bad but it was not as

bad it was going to get cuz he was going

to die so she went to him in a bad

situation and guess what it says Jesus

stayed where he was longer stayed in

Bethany longer in other words he

intentionally let it get

worse a lot of us would say uh why call


Jesus if because my situation has only

gotten worse suppos it’s gotten worse on


suppose God is letting it get worse cuz

he wants that thing to

die because resurrections are Miracles

and only God can perform

them this a little different perspective

of what you’re going through he

literally could be answering your prayer

by letting the thing get

worse he literally he literally could be

answering your prayer

by letting what was sick get worse and

die do you believe this do you believe

that I am the resurrection that I’m in

the resurrection

business so what’s dying in your

world do you believe

this well let’s say you say yes I

believe this I believe not only the

doctrine I not only believe the

information I trust in the person the I


person I believe I don’t only believe

the truth I believe in the person who is

the truth I am the way the truth and the

life I am looking to you Jesus in this

dead dying sick situation that there is

no human solution

for you remember the lady with the issue

of blood

for 12 years she had spent all the money

she had to get a resolve to her

problem and then she heard Jesus was

nearby this woman got on her hands and

knees to crawl to

Jesus to touch the Hemm of His

Garment Jesus said I felt power leave

me I felt power leave

me the disciples said what what what

what Jesus said who touched

me the disciples said well a whole bunch

of folk touch you you got you see all

this crowd people bumping into you and

all that he said no no no no no that

ain’t what I’m talking about I’m talking

about who came to me for

me Jesus can draw a

crowd he can get a crowd but it’s

different than getting a crowd and


power she got down and touched the she

was not going to be denied she got there

and touched the Hem of His Garment she


insistent on getting to the person she

was not satisfied to be in the

crowd and the problem is that many of us

are satisfied to be in the crowd well I

went to church today I was in the I was

in the audience I was in the crowd but

we ain’t pressing to the

hym and it’s the pressing to the H that

got the power not the being in the crowd

bumping up against

Jesus see a lot of time on Sunday we

bumping up against Jesus we just Jesus

here I’m here we here we just bumping up


Jesus but this woman was

desperate this woman was desperate

so do you believe this do you believe in

the I am I personal am present do you

believe that I am present right now in

the midst of your dead dying

situation do you believe

this so she says yes verse 23 she says

yeah I believe it I believe

it well then Jesus tells her in verse 39

remove the

stone remove the

stone the stone that was in front of the

Tomb Martha the sister of the deceased

said to him

Lord by this time there will be a stench

for he has been dead four

days Jesus has moved the stone she gives

him a lecture in mortuary

science she said let me explain explain

something to you

Jesus there is a

stench because he’s been dead four days

Rick of mortise has set in there’s been

bodily Decay there is an order what you

just asked for isn’t

practical doesn’t make

sense it’s

ridiculous it is not unusual for us to

instruct God

on what he ought to

do given the

fact we have

degrees we’ve been in the college we we

you know we know a little something

something you know what’s interesting is

that she was absolutely

correct he had been there four days and

when a body’s Dead four days it

decays and it stinks

that’s all

true but she had just said yeah to the

theology yeah you the resurrection Jesus

can fix it I know he’s able I know a

wheel in the middle of a wheel and a

bomb in Gilead and a bright and Morning

Star and you know all that I know

it I know it say Amen but Jesus said

remove the stone okay let me tell

believing this will always require an

action of faith and the action of faith

will often be something outside of your

realm of natural

understanding because removing the stone

did not make

sense because she was right she had the


right but Jesus said Do you believe I am

the resurrection well yeah okay remove

the don’t look at what Jesus says here I

Think Jesus a little ticked

off cuz Jesus said to her did not I say


you that if you believe you would see

the glory of God okay please notice the

order of that if you believe you would

see not if you see you would

believe and how would we know she

believed by the moving of the stone not

by the discussion of the

theology so here’s the question you must

always ask ask in a dying situation when

you’re looking to Christ to be the

resurrection what stone do you want me

to remove what ridiculous thing do you

want me to do because the Holy Spirit

has to reveal that it’s GNA Be Different

Strokes for different folks but but what

is it that you want me to do as to

demonstrate my faith and not simply to


it what’s my point of

action what thing do you want me to do

and it may not make

sense and the Bible’s full of God asking

people to do what would appear to be

ridiculous things that didn’t make sense

but is what God wanted to test their

faith so they removed the stone verse 41

Jesus raised his eyes and said oh no the

most important word in verse 41 is then

somebody say then then meaning not until

she removed the

stone then Jesus raised his eyes and

said father I thank you that you’ve

heard me I know that you always hear me

but because of the people standing

around I said it so that they might

believe that you sent me when he had

said these things he cried out with a

loud voice Lazarus come

forth when she moved the stone

demonstrating the faith in the person

not merely in the

theology then Jesus

prayed okay let me close with this

here’s what you

want you just don’t want you you to pray

you want Jesus to

pray now let me tell you why you want

Jesus to pray cuz Jesus said when he

pray prayed you always answer

me see our problem is he doesn’t always

answer us but he always answers Jesus so

the question is how do I get Jesus to

pray what I’m

praying I’m praying Lazarus is healed

I need Jesus to pray Lazarus is healed

CU I know if Jesus prays him it’s going

to break through that means I need to

get Jesus’s

attention how do I get Jesus’s attention

removing the stone what does removing

the stone say I believe

Jesus unfortunately many of us are


atheist I mean we’re theologically sound

but when it comes to Life’s decision


atheist cuz Jesus been trying to get us

to move some stones for

years things that he’s wanted us to

shift that we didn’t want to shift or we

didn’t think we needed to shift or we’re

unwilling to shift or it didn’t make

sense to shift God said Jesus said

saying I’ll wait let me know when you’re

ready then I’ll

pray and notice what Jesus

said Lazarus come forth

now if he hadn’t said Lazarus it just

said come forth everybody in the grade

would have got up and we would have been

in Zombie Land someplace but notice that

Jesus’s answer was specific to the

situation because they had gone to him

about their brother named

Lazarus so Jesus directly

addressed the

situation I kind of knew two days ago

that I I was gonna you know review this


a little did I know I would get a phone


today from a sister in the church she

she’s in here now I won’t identify her

but a sistant in the

church who asked me to pray about a

situation in her

life that needed a

reversal but there was

no human way that a reversal could be

seen in the particular

situation there was no way

and the reversal would almost virtually

have to happen immediately so there was

a there was the size of the problem the

reversal then it was the timing of the

problem it had to be it had to turn on a

dime and so there was so the question

the question we discussed was what

should be the response to the situation

what should be the response to the

situation so we discussed it and and

discussed back and forth the situation

and we came to a a faith response a a

moving the stone kind of response and

the reason I call it a moving the stone

kind of response is because the response

was not the

preference the response that we agreed

on was not the preference we agreed on

the opposite to what was

wanted so we prayed we came to a a

agreement that you know and that’s what

the Bible talks about two or three

agreeing and you know and and and that’s

why that agreement is is important so

there was an agreement so we agreed it

was an impossible situation it was a big

issue it was a timing issue and the

decision was opposite to what was wanted

but it was the best decision to make

even though it wasn’t what was wanted

and I get a phone call

today telling me God intervened in that

thing and flipped it completely

180° and here’s the thing without the

person having to do a

thing in other words nothing had to be

done nothing was done by the person to

change the scenario God just dipped down

into that thing and twisted it and

tweaked it and turned it after the

decision was

made see a lot of us want God to work

for us to make the decision

and God wants you to make the decision

so he can

work a lot of us are waiting for God to

move so we can make the

decision God is waiting for us to make

the decision so he can move