I reiterated the theme this way:
Because Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, we should believe on Him as the Messiah, God’s Son.
We covered four of seven observations about Jesus from the text that present Him to us as undeniably true and strikingly beautiful:
- His passion – deeply moved with anger over death.
- His pattern – test and grow faith.
- His patience – with our slow-to-learn unbelief.
- His precept – believing is seeing not seeing is believing.
I closed with this incisive quote from Oswald Chambers:
Faith must be tested, because it can be turned into a personal possession only through conflict. What is your faith up against just now? The test will either prove that your faith is right, or it will kill it. “Blessed is he whosoever shall not be offended in Me.” The final thing is confidence in Jesus. Believe steadfastly on Him and all you come up against will develop your faith. There is continual testing in the life of faith, and the last great test is death. May God keep us in fighting trim! Faith is unutterable trust in God which never dreams that He will not stand by us.
Next Sunday, Lord willing, we will finish the account of the seventh sign with three more observations – His purpose, prayer, and power.
And we will finally get poor Lazarus out of the ground, so to speak!