71) Making A Decision For Christ Costs Your Life

John Chapter 8

Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha…When Yahweh’s Savior / Yeshua  heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby…he abode two days still in the same place where he was.

  • Then after that saith he to his disciples, Let us go into Judaea again.
  • His disciples say unto him, Master, the Jews / Rulers of late sought to stone thee; and goest thou thither again?
  • Yeshua answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world. But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him… 

What?! Sounds like totally disorganized thinking, what psychiatry labels as “flight of ideas” no sequencing of thoughts at all. “The Jews are trying to kill you” followed by “There are twelve hours in a day.” But no. You have to keep Yeshua’s foundational message in mind, which he repeated over and over as the fundamental premise for faith in his message.

Yeshua is calming his disciples – “I still have time to accomplish my work before darkness / destruction, death has its time. This is absolutely consistent with his work recorded in Genesis 1. See the post “In the Beginning God” if this isn’t making sense to you. This is absolutely consistent with the theme of the Bible as described in this blog – Battle for Control of Creation.

Back to the Lazarus incident.

  • Then said Yeshua unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead. And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; [His allotted 12 hours are running out, time for the piece de resistance, the grand finale.]
  • Then said Thomas, which is called Didymus, unto his fellowdisciples, Let us also go, that we may die with him. [Yep, even Yeshua’s disciples can’t take him at his word yet, they need to see another miracle.]
  • And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother. [His main audience. How Yeshua wants to convince them, because God PARTNERS with HIS HUMANS!”
  • Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Yeshua was coming, went and met him: Then said Martha unto Yeshua, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. But! [That doesn’t matter because]  I know [WHOM I HAVE BELIEVED AND AM PERSUADED] that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee [like the other prophets Elijah, Elisha, etc.].
  • Yeshua saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. [Fact – I have the power. I don’t need to ask a higher power because I am God.]
  • Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.
  • Yeshua said unto her, I – I! – am the resurrection, and the life – [the Promised Seed of the Woman Savior]: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
  • She saith unto him, [slowly, falteringly, staring up into his intense eyes] Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.

This is it! Martha is not basing her faith on what this preacher has said, but on what the word of God says, the promise that God would send the Seed of the Woman to rescue humankind from the curse of sin and death. And this is what Yeshua is waiting for – humans to believe and receive him as the Savior of mankind.

Mankind has dominion including FREEDOM TO CHOOSE. If an individual doesn’t CHOOSE to believe, Yeshua can’t save him from the consequences of his free choice or there isn’t really freedom, right?

  • And when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come, and calleth for thee. As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly, and came unto him…she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.
  • When Yeshua therefore saw her weeping [hopeless], and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled…wept. [Is there going to be enough faith in the mix to empower a miracle? Miracles, like magic, require hyperdimensional forces to override the four dimensional laws of physics, some of which are the spiritual attributes of faith, hope and love.]
  • Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him! And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died?
  • Yeshua therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. Yeshua said, Take ye away the stone.
  • Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.
  • Yeshua saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if – IF – thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God? THEN they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid.
  • And Yeshua lifted up his eyes, and said, Father [prayer, another hyperdimensional force], 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.
  • Yeshua saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.

What proof that Yeshua is the Promised Savior who frees mankind from the bondage of sin and death!

But – DESPITE all the evidence, Nicodemus’ legal colleagues decided to secure their petty political power by eliminating Yeshua altogether.

  • Then many of the Jews / Rulers which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Yahweh’s Savior / Yeshua did, believed on him. 
  • But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them what things Yeshua had done. 
  • Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles. If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place [top of the heap, highest authority] and nation [brotherhood of rulers]
  • And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all, Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not. And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Yahweh’s Savior / Yeshua  should die for that nation; And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad. Then from that day forth they took counsel [conspired] together for to put him to death [assassinate their rival]

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