Today in John 11, we read about the story of Lazarus death. Every time I read this story, I think of the three common beliefs we have as Christians.
Let me explain:
When Jesus arrived FINALLY... four days late... Lazarus was already dead! And Martha asked Jesus, why He wasn't there four days ago, for if He had been, Lazarus would not have died.
In other words, Martha believed in the Jesus of YESTERDAY. If He'd been there four days ago, Lazarus could not have died.
Jesus responds by saying, "Lazarus will rise again!" Immediately now, Martha's faith jumps to the future... "I know he will rise again at the resurrection." By stating this, she is saying, "Yes, I believe in the God of the FUTURE! I believe he will rise again!" But was Jesus talking about the resurrection at the last days? No! He was talking about TODAY, that day!
But Martha wasn't sure about the God of today... She wasn't sure if he could bring Lazarus to life that day, and this is evident by the fact that she continues to protest when Jesus asks for the stone to be rolled away!
So my question for us today... We all know about the God of the past, and we also all know about the God of the future... but do we believe in the living God of TODAY?
Tomorrow's Reading: Jer. 29-31 and Ps. 119:-1-24