Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Lazarus and Your Marriage

I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.  Philippians 4:13

John, chapter 11 is the story of how Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead.  Just in case you are not familiar with the story I’ll give you a condensed version.  Lazarus was the brother of Martha and Mary.  Jesus was apparently extremely close to all three.  Jesus himself had referred to Lazarus as the one he loved.  Martha and Mary sent word to Jesus that their brother was extremely ill and asked him to come.  Jesus was about a day and a half away.  Instead of rushing down to Judea Jesus intentionally waited an additional two days before departing.  The sisters were most upset, since they believed that had Jesus come when they called for him their brother would have been spared.  As it was Lazarus had been in the tomb for four days.  The bottom line was that Jesus in fact called Lazarus out of his tomb.

If Jesus had come immediately Lazarus still would have been saved but it might have been viewed as an ordinary healing of a man who had been sick.  Frankly it took more faith than the sisters of Lazarus or the disciples of Jesus could muster, to think Jesus could resuscitate a dead man.  And that is precisely why Jesus waited.  He wants us to depend on Him.  He wants us to know that nothing is beyond His healing power.  He wants us to know that He loves us as much as He loved Lazarus and that whatever befalls us will ultimately serve His purpose for our lives.

Some of you are in a marriage that is dead, at least your feelings are dead.  Is it remotely possible that this same Jesus could resuscitate your feelings and/or your marriage?  Obviously the answer is yes.  And you, much like those at the Judean grave site, have given up all hope.  From your vantage point there is no way that your marriage will come back to life.

However it is possible, for with Christ all things are possible.  Philippians 4:13 tells us that we can do all things through him who gives us strength.  Most likely you will have to make some changes, even if you feel as though you were the victim and had little if anything to do with the demise of your marriage.  Even if you are only one percent to blame you must work on the one percent.  You must be repentant, broken and humble.  You must seek the Lord with all your heart, asking him to resuscitate your marriage.  This may seem unfair but you can only change you.  God can change the heart of your spouse.

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