SECTION XXIV: Identifying With The Christ Costs Your Life

John Chapter 11

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 throughout this blog.

Back to the Lazarus incident.

  •  “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.
    • Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well.
  • 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. And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him.
    • 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 who Yeshua wants to convince, 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, [You are right]. Thy brother shall rise again. 
    • Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day [but I’d really like him to rise again right now, please!]
  • 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?

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.

Why? Because she remembers and is applying what Jesus taught.

  • “Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
  • Again I say unto you, That if [just a minimum of] two of you [manifesting the likeness of God of unity in diversity] shall agree [with my father’s will] on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven [in order to effect “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Matthew 6:10]
  • For where two or three are gathered together in my name of YHVH, there am I [and my father are one] in the midst of them. ” (Matthew 18:18-20)

Out of that massed crowd of so-called followers of Jesus bewailing and lamenting the death of Lazarus, there was only one person with the faith to apply Jesus’ teaching. And it wasn’t a single one of the twelve disciples who accompanied the Lord Jesus full time for the last three and 1/2 years and were ordained apostles by him.

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 [hasn’t anyone been paying attention to his purpose – to redeem from DEATH!] 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 [glaring deeply into her eyes and enunciating slowly and meaningfully], 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.
  • Then many of the Jews / Rulers which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Yahweh’s Savior / Yeshua did, believed on him. 

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

But – in defiance of the proof! – Nicodemus’ legal colleagues decided to secure their petty political power by eliminating Yeshua altogether.

Now this is psychosis. A human being believing that he/she can defeat the One who holds the power of life and death.

  • 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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