Friday, February 24, 2017

Lazarus - Beloved Of Jesus (LG44)

Mark 10:19-21a "You know the commandments: 'Do not commit adultery,' 'Do not murder,' 'Do not steal,' 'Do not bear false witness,' 'Do not defraud,' 'Honor your father and your mother.'" And he answered and said to Him, "Teacher, all these things I kept from my youth." Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him,"

God loved this young man for He is a just and righteous God and He will love whoever keeps His commandments.

John 14:21 "He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him."

John:14.15-17, 26, 16:13 "If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever -- the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you... But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you... However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come."

Whoever loves our Lord Jesus will keep His commandments, and our Lord Jesus will baptize him with the Spirit of truth (a new Spirit), who will bring to memory His words, lead and guide him into all truth and also reveal the mysteries of the end time prophecies to him.

John 11:5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.

For our Lord Jesus to love Lazarus, he must have loved the Lord by keeping and obeying His words and commandments and this may be the reason for God to resurrect him to a new life (with the new Spirit) which He is sure will continue to glorify His name.

John 14:23-24 "Jesus answered and said to him, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father's who sent Me."

John 11:44 And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with grave clothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, "Loose him, and let him go."

Lazarus died (signifying the crucifixion of the flesh) and he was resurrected to a new life (signifying a new Spirit or the baptism of the Holy Spirit/Spirit of truth) by our Lord. Lazarus means 'God is my help'.

Similarly, every born again Christian needs the help of God by trusting and obeying Him and keeping His words. Then with the baptism of the  Spirit of truth, the truth will set us free by crucifying the old man (flesh), who is carnal, wicked, covetous, worldly, rebellious, lustful, sinful, etc. Then with the empowering of the Holy Spirit we will be able to live a holy, joyful and powerful but humble transformed life that glorifies God.

John 12:10-11 But the chief priests plotted to put Lazarus to death also, because on account of him many of the Jews went away and believed in Jesus.

Similarly, worldly, carnal, depraved and powerful Christian leaders will persecute, revile and exclude faithful, godly, and bible believing Christians who love the Lord.

James 1:12 Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.