Devotional: Why did Jesus raise Lazarus?

Bible Reading: John 11:39-44

Jesus deeply loved Martha, Mary and Lazarus, and found a home in their home. So the raising of Lazarus was an act of compassion towards this family that Jesus loved. There was, however, a far deeper purpose to it than that. Jesus said that it was for the glory of God and that the Son of God may be glorified through it [John 11:4]. It was a sign that was intended to help people believe, including Jesus’ own disciples [John 11:15].

He deliberately raised Lazarus from the dead rather than heal him, because He wanted people to see something even greater than healing, and that in doing so it would help them to believe. He wanted them to see the glory of God, but what exactly does the phrase, ‘the glory of God’ really mean? A dear friend of ours once said that he finds it difficult to understand what the glory of God is.

In one of his sermons John Piper said, “The glory of God is the infinite beauty and greatness of God’s manifold perfections. The infinite beauty—and I am focusing on the manifestation of his character and his worth and his attributes, all of his perfections and greatness are beautiful as they are seen and there are many of them. That is why I use the word manifold.” [John Piper’s sermon, “To Him Be Glory Forevermore” preached on December 17, 2006]. It is so difficult to describe the glory of God, except to say that it is who He is! It is the manifestation of His presence, His beauty, character, and attributes!

Isaiah said that everyone who is called by the Name of the Lord was created for God’s glory [Isaiah 43:7]. Our attitude towards everything in life will change when we catch a glimpse of the glory of God. Our whole reason for living will be different. The apostle John saw the resurrected Christ, but his vision of the glorified Christ in all His majesty and splendour must have been even more special [see Revelation 1:9-17]. John could never have been the same again after that experience.

So often it is our own human desires that get in the way of God’s glory. Many years ago a dear friend of ours died following childbirth. Her husband was devastated, and asked us and other friends to meet with him at the mortuary and believed that his wife would be raised from the dead. Nothing happened! Today, the husband is happily married for a second time, with a lovely family, and he recognises the remarkable things that God has done in his life as a result of the pain of his first wife’s death. God has been glorified as a result of the death of this lady, just as He was glorified in the raising of Lazarus. Truly, the ways of God are beyond human understanding. May we never lose the sense of the mystery of godliness!

Questions:

  • How would you answer someone who asked you why Lazarus was raised from the dead, when someone they loved was not raised from the dead?
  • In what way would you say that your life glorifies God?
  • Would you pray the prayer of Moses, “Lord show me your glory” [Exodus 33:18] and believe for a new experience of God in your life?

Taken from Pastor Michael Ross-Watson’s online devotional, michaelrosswatson.com.

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Events on December 7, 2019

2:00 pm: Christmas Markets

Hello Church! This Christmas we will be having our Xmas Market once again! Christmas is a time to share the gifts of God for the people of God. If God has given you a gift and you would like to share that with the church we would like to invite you to be a vendor on our Xmas Market Weekends! If this interests you please contact 94522476 or email andrew.leong@coos.org.sg for inquiries. Spaces are limited and subject to approval.
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8:30 am: English Service : Ps Andrew Leong Speaking

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10:00 am: 'Goods For Good' Christmas Markets

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10:45 am: English Service : Pastor Andrew Leong Speaking

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2:00 pm: 'Goods For Good' Christmas Markets

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2:30 pm: English Service : Senior Pastor Daniel Wee Speaking

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12:00 am: Mission Trip to Changhua, Taiwan

Join our mission trip to Changhua, Taiwan and be involved in outreach to the locals. Pick up an application form from the Take-One rack! Registration closes 22 Sep 2019. Email missions@coos.org.sg for more information.

Trip Dates: 15-21 Dec 2019
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Orientation Briefing: 28 Sep 2019 (Sat)
Time: 10 am to 12:30 pm
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8:30 am: English Service : Senior Pastor Daniel Wee Speaking

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10:00 am: 'Goods For Good' Christmas Markets

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10:45 am: Confirmation Service : Bishop Kuan Kim Seng speaking

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