To the Graveyard
John 11:16 – Then said Thomas, which is called Didymus, unto his fellow disciples, Let us also go, that we may die with him.
I am sure that most Christians are at least somewhat familiar with Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. Jesus was a day’s journey from Bethany when He was told of his sickness. But because it was a day’s journey, by the time the word got to Jesus, Lazarus was already dead. Jesus knew this by the Spirit, and still tarried two more days before beginning His journey to Bethany. Just before beginning His journey, Jesus told His disciples that Lazarus had died. When He started the journey, they knew He was not going there to mourn or put flowers on the grave. Jesus was going to Bethany on kingdom business. Being aware of the tension that existed among the religious-minded leaders around Bethany, many of His disciples probably expected trouble. That’s why Thomas made the statement, “Let us also go, that we may die with Him.” Keep in mind that while there were many places Jesus could go in Bethany, His first stop was going to be the graveyard, a place of death. When you consider that a large number of people want you dead, one might question the wisdom of going to the graveyard. Just a thought.
But in this case, Jesus had spoken. He said Lazarus had died, but that he was asleep, and He (Jesus) was going to awaken him. So, Thomas, along with the eleven, went with Jesus, believing what He said. There are times, my friend, when we walk with the Lord, that we must believe what He says, though at that moment there is no physical evidence to confirm it. That is called faith. Hebrews 11:6 declares that faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. If you can perceive it with your five senses, you don’t need faith for it. It is when you cannot perceive it with your physical senses that you must stand on your faith, and that’s precisely what Jesus’s disciples did in this case. I am sure they did not know all that would transpire, nor did they have any idea how it could all come about, but Jesus had spoken. Is your faith such that when Jesus speaks, you respond with obedience? When the Word of God establishes a truth, do you embrace it with you whole heart? Do you follow where Holy Spirit leads, regardless of circumstances. Is your walk with Jesus such that you go wherever He leads? I pray you answer is “yes.” The Word is still the Word, Jesus is still Lord, Holy Spirit is still our Teacher, Guide, and Leader, and the Lord is still moving among His people. Be prepared to take a walk.
Manna for Today – Psalm 1:1-6; 1 John 1:7-9; Daniel 3:1-30; John 11:1-44