Notes for 1.20.19
WHY DOES GOD ALLOW PAIN AND SUFFERING?
Joseph said, “But don’t be upset, and don’t be angry with yourselves for selling me to this place. It was God who sent me here ahead of you to preserve your lives.”
“God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” C.S. Lewis
“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” Helen Keller
John 11:1-4, 17, and 21-27
A man named Lazarus was sick. He lived in Bethany with his sisters, Mary and Martha. This is the Mary who later poured the expensive perfume on the Lord’s feet and wiped them with her hair. Her brother, Lazarus, was sick. So the two sisters sent a message to Jesus telling him, “Lord, your dear friend is very sick.”
When Jesus arrived at Bethany, he was told that Lazarus had already been in his grave for four days
MARTHA SAID TO JESUS, “LORD, IF ONLY YOU HAD BEEN HERE, MY BROTHER WOULD NOT HAVE DIED. But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask.”
Jesus told her, “Your brother will rise again.”
“Yes,” Martha said, “he will rise when everyone else rises, at the last day.”
Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?”
“Yes, Lord,” she told him. “I have always believed you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who has come into the world from God.”
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Tim Keller in “Encounters with Jesus”
“The founders of every other major religion said, “I’m a prophet who shows you how to find God,” but Jesus taught, “’I’m God, come to find you.’”
WHEN MARY ARRIVED AND SAW JESUS, SHE FELL AT HIS FEET AND SAID, “LORD, IF ONLY YOU HAD BEEN HERE, MY BROTHER WOULD NOT HAVE DIED.”
When Jesus saw her weeping and saw the other people wailing with her, A DEEP ANGER WELLED UP WITHIN HIM, AND HE WAS DEEPLY TROUBLED.
“Where have you put him?” he asked them. They told him, “Lord, come and see.”
Then Jesus wept.
The people who were standing nearby said, “See how much he loved him!” But some said, “This man healed a blind man. Couldn’t he have kept Lazarus from dying?”
JESUS WAS STILL ANGRY AS HE ARRIVED AT THE TOMB, A CAVE WITH A STONE ROLLED ACROSS ITS ENTRANCE. “Roll the stone aside,” Jesus told them. But Martha, the dead man’s sister, protested, “Lord, he has been dead for four days. The smell will be terrible.”
Jesus responded, “Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believe?” So they rolled the stone aside. Then Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, thank you for hearing me. You always hear me, but I said it out loud for the sake of all these people standing here, so that they will believe you sent me.” Then Jesus shouted, “Lazarus, come out!” And the dead man came out, his hands and feet bound in graveclothes, his face wrapped in a headcloth. Jesus told them, “Unwrap him and let him go!”
THE MINISTRY OF _________________ AND _______________
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What if we all lived as “RESURRECTION PEOPLE” confident in the fact that Jesus IS “WITH US” this week?
Romans 6:1-2 MSG
So what do we do? Keep on sinning so God can keep on forgiving? I should hope not! If we’ve left the country where sin is sovereign, how can we still live in our old house there? Or didn’t you realize we packed up and left there for good? That is what happened in baptism. When we went under the water, we left the old country of sin behind; when we came up out of the water, we entered into the new country of grace—a new life in a new land!