John 11:8 – His disciples say unto him, Master, the Jews of late sought to stone thee; and goest thou thither again?
Years ago I heard a song, and the words of the chorus were imbedded in my mind since that time. The chorus said, “Run if you want to, run if you will, but I’ve come here to stay. If I fall down I’ll pick myself up ‘cause I didn’t start out to play. It’s a battlefield, brother, not a recreation room; it’s a fight and not a game. So run if you want to, run if you will, but I’ve come here to stay.”
From our Text for Today, we realize that Jesus knew it was time to return to Judaea. Often people sent Him away, such as from Gadara. Yet even there He returned. Where we go as believers is not always to a comfortable place; to a place our peers might think is a wise place to go. But even when the direction we go is thought unwise, or considered socially unpopular, even by the church, we must always endeavor to be led by the Lord. And that was certainly the intent of the Lord.
In this incident concerning Lazarus, the disciples were keenly aware of the hostilities that many would like to perpetrate against Jesus in Judaea. They were also aware that when a leader was stoned, it was common that those who followed that leader could also be stoned. While it does appear they were abso-lutely willing to go with Jesus wherever He went, one can be safely assured that none of them had being stoned on their list of events they wanted to happen to them. So after hearing Lazarus was sick, Jesus knowing by the Spirit he had already died, and noting that Jesus had lingered yet two more days where He was, they likely greatly wondered why He would suddenly decide to go to Bethany. Still, that was Jesus’ decision, and they were willing to go with Him.
Jesus, of course, knew exactly what He was doing. He fully understood the time frame and sequence of events in which He was involved surrounding the matter of Lazarus. He was operating under the complete leadership of Holy Spirit, as was His norm. For Jesus, when it was time to move, it was time to move. Outside circumstances, even threatening ones, did not enter into the equation of His obedience to the will of Father. And so it should be with any child of God today. When it’s time to move, it’s time to move, to go where Father says go, to do what Father says do, to do it all in faith to please Father, and with an attitude of joy in the love of God to honor our King. This was NOT a game; this was, and is, life in the Spirit.
Manna for Today – John 11:1-46; Romans 8:1 & 14; 1 John 5:3; Hebrews 11:6; Galatians 5:6