For The Sake Of The People Standing Here
Posted: Monday, May 20
1 Samuel 26:1-28:25
Verse of the Day:
“You always hear me, but I said it out loud for the sake of all these people standing here, so that they will believe you sent me.” (John 11:42)
I don’t know about you, but I’ve never seen a person come back to life from the dead. I’ve seen toys resurrected with fresh batteries, old appliances restored with some tinkering, and my sense kick up after four shots of espresso, but never a person. What do you think the response in the room would be at the next funeral you attended if the person in the casket sat up, climbed out, and then greeted everyone? I can imagine there would be smattering of terror, glee, sobbing, terror, and a lot of people splashing their face with cold water.
It’s not that common in our circles to see people raised to life from the dead. When Jesus was on Earth, the creator of all life, it’s recorded that He resurrected 4 people from the dead including Himself. John, who was one of Jesus’ best friends, wrote that Jesus’ motivation for raising Lazarus from the dead was for the sake of the people standing around Him to prove that He was the Son of God. I’m almost certain there were skeptics in the crowd that day, but the majority I’m sure had increased faith that Jesus was who He said He was.
One of the things that Jesus said before ascending into Heaven was that His followers (us) would be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit to see even more marvelous miracles take place that were bigger and more astounding than what Jesus did. It’s hard for me to believe that sometimes because Jesus is God in a human body and how could I, sinful, prideful, selfish, human Josh ever be used more than Jesus was to do the supernatural? The reason is, to bring glory to Jesus! Not to boost my name or my wallet, but so that those who see it will know who sent me, just like Jesus prayed. Today, Jesus wants to use you to do the supernatural. We can very easily coast into the natural - that’s normal. But being filled with the Holy Spirit means making choices to let the super natural take place so that people can be lead to Jesus’ love. The same power that raised Christ from the dead is living in you - so what are you going to do with that power today?