28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
Come unto me, those are the first three words of this Bible verse, and those words mean everything! Those are your instructions, and now it is up to you to obey them.
I was recently reading about the resurrection of Lazarus in the book of John. The resurrection was so amazing and wonderful that I glossed over a lot of the “details” mentioned in the story. You might have already thought about these things, but I am going to list some of the details that I found amazing.
This chapter starts by telling us that Lazarus was sick and that he was from Bethany. It also tells us that Lazarus had two sisters, Mary and Martha and that Mary was the one who poured out perfume on Jesus’s feet. These are the two sisters that Jesus had visited in their home, and Jesus knew them well.
Sent for Jesus
The sisters sent a messenger to tell Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.” Jesus knew the family, and He loved them. What would you do for those that you love? I know that I would do anything and everything in my power to come to their aid. But, Jesus had a different response and one that was baffling.
Two More Days
Jesus, after hearing that Lazarus was sick, said in verse 4: “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” Then, Jesus stayed where He was for TWO days. The story was already written. Jesus knew the plan. But, none of the people who loved Lazarus knew, and I am sure that they were confused, and possibly aggravated that Jesus didn’t drop what He was doing. Remember, Jesus loved these people, so I am sure that they thought that He would come quickly and heal Lazarus. Once Jesus is ready to leave for Bethany, He told the disciples that He was “going there to wake him up.”
Jesus Is Coming
Verse 17 gave an interesting detail that I had missed or didn’t understand before. Lazarus was dead, and he had been in the tomb for FOUR days. Joe told me a long time ago (don’t know that he is correct) that people used to have a “wake” in their homes after someone died. They would stay up with the body, just in case the deceased decided to “wake” up. Several people were raised from the dead by someone other than Jesus. Elijah, Peter, and Paul all raised someone from the dead, but not after four days. This was different; all hope was lost; he was put in the tomb!
When Martha heard the news that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him. She did not wait for Him to come to her. Do you think that Martha was upset with the Lord? I honestly don’t know, and you can’t hear the tone of her words in verse 21-22. Martha said, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died.’ Were those words spoken in despair and sadness, or were they spoken in frustration and anger? No matter her tone, her next words tell us of her belief in the Lord. “But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.” And, in verse 27, she says, “I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.”
She had to be sad, upset, and in deep mourning over her brother. But, through the sadness and tears, she came to Jesus and declared that He was the Son of God.
Martha Goes to Tell Mary
After Martha declared that Jesus was the Son of God, she goes back and tells Mary that “The Teacher is here, and he is asking for you.” Do you think that Martha was excited when she was telling Mary this? Because it says that Mary got up quickly and went to him. Mary went; Jesus did not come to her.
Now it was Mary’s time to say these words, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” We know that she was crying and upset. Remember, Jesus knew these people, and He loved them dearly. So, even though He knew the ending of the story, He was still deeply moved and troubled by her pain. AND HE WEPT!
Raising The Dead
Jesus arrives at Lazarus’s tomb and tells them to “take away the stone.” Poor Martha had thought that Jesus was going to the grave to pay his respects and had no idea what was going to happen. Then, Martha told the Lord that since Lazarus had been dead for so many days that there would be a bad odor. Jesus asked her this question, “did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” Martha did believe, but I think that she thought Jesus was talking about later in the afterlife, not right at that minute.
Jesus then calls upon God, and then He calls Lazarus out of the tomb. Stop right here for a minute. Can you imagine the looks that everyone is giving each other? I can see sideways glances and shrugged shoulders and probably a few eye rolls when Jesus said those words. But, then imagine their expressions when Lazarus “walks” out of the tomb, still wrapped in the strips of linen from the burial!
This entire story is amazing! But, the thing that struck me is that Mary, Martha, and Lazarus all came to Jesus.
The Bible is full of verses that tell us to come to Him.
40 yet you refuse to come to me to have life.
55 “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters, and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. 2 Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare. 3 Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David.
17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come, and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.
35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
The Lord loves us just as He loved Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. And like He did with the three of them, He also invites us to come. We are to tell Him all of our burdens, even though He already knows them. We are to tell Him our fears, even though He already knows them. And, we are to go to Him when we are frustrated that He didn’t take care of a situation like we thought He would. Believe me; He already knows that you are frustrated and maybe even angry. But, He still wants you to go to Him, praise Him, and declare your faith in Him.
Today, go to the Lord and tell Him everything. Then, let the Lord take your burdens and give you His peace instead.
Have A Blessed Sunday!