THE WORD SIROCCO
Friday, December 14, 2018
Theme: One Saint, One Soul
Topic: The Gospel – The Life Giver
“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:”
The record of the death of Lazarus and Jesus subsequently raising him from death, coupled with the conversation that ensued, is a snapshot of Christianity. It is the central theme of our faith and the distinction between Christianity and any other religion. (John 11:1-44).
Truth is, the world is dead. Not just dead but stinking dead. Anybody who is not born again is dead (Ephesians 2:1; Colossians 2:13). Sadly, we the believers who have been given the Word of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:19) to make way for the power of God through the Gospel to bring back life into the stinking world are sitting aloof, saying, “Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died” (John 11:21). Jesus gave us assurance that He will be with us always as we GO to bring the dying world back to life (Matthew 28:20).
Church, let’s not cause Jesus to weep again by sitting there unconcerned. Jesus is “the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live” (John 11:25). He brings life to the dead, but we have a charge to take away the stone (John11:39). We have a charge to take a step and His power will take over (Mark 16:15-18). We also have a charge to “loose him and let him go” (John 11:44). Let’s not shut Jesus up in Church. The church is not His tomb. Even if it were, Jesus did not stay too long in the tomb. Lazarus, likewise, did not stay too long in the tomb. We must rise up and go forth.
Pray that you will begin to walk in your ministry – that is, the ministry of reconciliation. That through you and your lifestyle, God will reconcile the world back unto Himself.
“The Audacious Anointing” by Eastwood Anaba
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