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Lazarus Come Forth

Jesus said: But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. (Matthew 12:36) Saying things that have no real value or meaning behind them would be unfruitful and unproductive indeed. So that being said, when Jesus spake of the rich man and Lazarus, would he be just throwing out some man’s name without any intent for the listener to eventually discover who that man is? Hmm? Oh, and let's remember that Jesus is actually mentioning someone by name, this never happens in His parables. So, below are a few key scriptures that I've found in God's Word that mentions the name Lazarus. Notice that Lazarus both died and was raised from the dead.

 

  • Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. ... Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick. ... Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was. ... These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep. ... Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep. Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead. (John 11:1, 3, 5-6, 11, 13-14)
  • There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. ... Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. (Luke 16:19-23, 27-28)
  • Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me. And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go. (John 11:41-44)


It's a Church, Not a Burger King
“Hold the pickles hold the lettuce, special orders don't upset us, all we ask is that you let us have it your way.” Some of you may remember that little jingle from a Burger King commercial a while back. Simply put, Burger King is saying choose how you want your burger to be made. And though this may sound good for a burger restaurant, it's not really that good for a church. For there is only One who is to have His way in the church, and that's God Himself. But so many times we bring this mentality into our church, nit picking and complaining about the music, the temperature, the ones who are preaching and so on and so forth, expecting things to be done our way. But if we would just come to church walking in the Spirit and seeking God's will, we would find ourselves in a state of worship, and in prayer, wanting to hear from God instead of having everybody else hear from us. Wouldn’t it be so nice if the church would just get back to the basics? It’s all about being in love with God, being filled with His Holy Spirit, and totally loving Jesus Christ, “who for the joy that was set before Him” died on the cross for our sins (because all have sinned) and rose again from the dead and is seated at the right hand of the Father. And we know He is coming again for us His Church, praise God. So, let’s die to ourselves and pick up our cross and follow Him. Because a church is not a Burger King.


  • Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; (Philippians 2:14-15)


Entertain me Please
After our church Choir sang a song in church I was approached by a friend of mine after the service who told me the song we sang did not do anything for her. Though she was a Christian and involved in a Choir herself (some secular one) she still missed a very important point and that is, the song we sang was not for her entertainment but for the glory of God. You see, so many time we come to church with a worldly mentality expecting a church to be a place of entertainment instead of a place to worship the living God. In fact, if you find yourself in a church that's geared toward entertainment, chances are you will come out of there no closer to God than when you first went in. God help us to come to church only with an attitude to worship Him and to hear from Him and not to have our ears tickled or to be entertained.


  • Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. (2 Timothy 4:2-4)