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When God Doesn't Show Up If Only…
Everyone Has an "if only"
What do you think Would be different now If you could change Your "If Only"?
Mr. Destiny "If only I had hit that ball…"
Easter Story includes If Onlys
Resurrection Not of Jesus, though 2 People with an "if only" Just like you and me
Now a man named Lazarus was sick He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha Now a man named Lazarus was sick He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha
This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair
So the sisters sent word to Jesus, "Lord, the one you love is sick”
When he heard this, Jesus said, "This sickness will not end in death…
…No, it is for God's glory so that God's Son may be glorified through it”
…will not end in death …it is for God's glory Jesus knows the outcome Physically and Spiritually
If Jesus knows the outcome What does that say about Trusting God?
Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus
Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus Yet when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days
Messengers: He said it won't end in death Something about God's glory He didn't come with us
"I love you so much I'm not gonna lift a finger!"
Have you been there? You call out and God is nowhere to be found?
So…Jesus says the sickness will not end in death
So…Jesus says the sickness will not end in death And Lazarus…dies
And Mary and Martha Are beyond hurt… Grieving, Let-down Feeling abandoned by Jesus
We have a right to expect That God will love us God is love We have no right to dictate How his love must be shown
Disillusionment: Presuming upon God actions Consistent with Our expectations of love Disillusionment: Presuming upon God actions Consistent with Our expectations of love
Then he said to his disciples, "Let us go back to Judea"
"But Rabbi," they said, "a short while ago the Jews tried to stone you, and yet you are going back there?" Key word, anyone?
"But Rabbi," they said, "a short while ago the Jews tried to stone you, and yet you are going back there?"
Jesus is in control It's not happening Until he's ready for it That's why we trust him
Jesus answered, "Are there not twelve hours of daylight? A man who walks by day will not stumble, for he sees by this world's light…
It is when he walks by night that he stumbles, for he has no light"
Jesus has the timetable The light stays lit Until Jesus says different
After he had said this, he went on to tell them, "Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up”
His disciples replied, "Lord, if he sleeps, he will get better"
Jesus had been speaking of his death, but his disciples thought he meant natural sleep.
So then he told them plainly, "Lazarus is dead, and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him"
God redeems Even that which he Did not cause
…that God's son might be glorified… …so that you may believe… God is glorified when we believe
"Lord, help me see beyond the what I can see with my eyes To the One I can trust with my heart"
“For your sake I’m glad I was not there…” Lazarus experienced death Yet Jesus will redeem it for his glory and the disciples' blessing
“Lord, how can you use my situation for your glory and others’ benefit?”
They tried to kill you, Jesus! Thomas ain't doubting
Then Thomas (called Didymus) said to the rest of the disciples, "Let us also go, that we may die with him”
On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days…
…When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home
"Lord," Martha said to Jesus, "if you had been here, my brother would not have died"
Is she right?
Is she right? Does it change anything?
We all have "If Onlys"
"If onlys" change nothing Cause blame and bitterness and Create barriers to living now
“If onlys”: - Tied to the past, focused backward - Regret and guilt - Or accusation and anger - Live in the unreality of what might have been
“Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, "if you had been here, my brother would not have died”
But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask"
"Even nows" change everything Because they are full of faith Looking forward, not backward
"Even nows" - Look to the Future - Kill blame and shame - Include acceptance/forgiveness - Are God-centered - Involve faith
“Even nows”=room to grow - “What can I learn from it?” - “What can I do differently in the future?” - “How can my experiences help others?”
Am I willing to give up My "If Onlys" For God’s "Even now"?
But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask" Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again"
Martha answered, "I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day" “I believe in the right stuff”
Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies;
…and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?"
"Don't believe the right stuff Believe in the right Person" Our faith isn't dead doctrine And ritualistic religion It's living faith in a risen King
Don't believe in a truth And miss The Truth
"Yes, Lord," she told him, "I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world"
Martha moves from believing A religious teaching To real faith Jesus
The point at which faith Becomes real is When it is founded On Jesus alone
Mary shows up and says…
"Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died”
Jesus…came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance "Take away the stone," he said.
"But, Lord,"said Martha, the sister of the dead man, "by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days"
Then Jesus said, "Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?"
So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said…
"Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me"
When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!"
The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face
Jesus said to them, "Take off the grave clothes and let him go" - John 11
"If only's" become "Even now" Why did you…? Becomes I can trust you
We don't tell Jesus What he should've done When he knows What he's yet to do Even now
"If onlys" are periods That can define us "Even nows" are commas That can set us free
Jesus is alive And he's not done With you yet
What could he do In your life If you let go of the past And trusted him for today?
Questions, Comments Disagreements
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