John 11:38-57

John 11:38-57

John 11:40Vintage message from our 2002-2003 radio program called “Perspective” aired May 18, 2003.

Did you ever wonder Who Jesus truly was? Has it been a question in your mind? Is He just a good teacher? A good man? Someone Who did good things on this earth? He is far more than that, and He claimed to be far more than just good. In fact…Jesus said…”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.” And then Jesus asks the question. The question that I left you with last week. The question that I left myself with last week. One that I know is a difficult question to answer, but it is one that I believe we should all grapple with daily: when we study in God’s Word; when we encounter circumstances around us in life; when we walk in the grocery store and we don’t have enough money to pay for what we need; when our bills are coming due and we’ve been out of work; when we’re struggling with a relationship problem with someone in our fellowship; when the dog needs his shots and the baby needs his diaper change and life just seems out of control. Do you believe that Jesus is the resurrection and the life? This is a problem I find so often. We want to believe it. We want to trust it. But we have now heard Jesus say it…

Do you believe this? Do you believe that it is going to happen in your life when Jesus desires for it to happen? Do you believe that He is going to give you the things that you need, do for you the things that you need, a preserve your life when your life needs to be preserved, when He chooses to? Do you believe this? And I guess the other question I have to ask, is it okay? Is it okay for Jesus to choose to use you in a way that you do not expect? Is it okay for Jesus to do, in and through you, what He needs to accomplish in this world, whether it suits you or not?…

I fear, all too often, we accuse God because God does not give us the things that we want, that God does not do for us the things that we desire. We tell God how He is supposed to allow for us to live, giving us this, giving us that, doing this and that for us. Making sure that life is comfortable for us…

Jesus doesn’t ask for us to do good works. Jesus asks for us to believe in Him. What are we accomplishing? Are we accomplishing faith in Jesus?

Pastor Dave Elkins