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What Can Jesus Do, RIGHT NOW?

 

Luke 11
 17On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. 18Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem, 19and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother. 20When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.  21″Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”  23Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”  24Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”  25Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; 26and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”  27″Yes, Lord,” she told him, “I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.”  28And after she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside. “The Teacher is here,” she said, “and is asking for you.” 29When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him. 30Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. 31When the Jews who had been with Mary in the house, comforting her, noticed how quickly she got up and went out, they followed her, supposing she was going to the tomb to mourn there.  32When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”  33When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. 34″Where have you laid him?” he asked.
      “Come and see, Lord,” they replied.  35Jesus wept.  36Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”  37But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”   38Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. 39″Take away the stone,” he said.
      “But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.”  40Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?”  41So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”  43When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.
      Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.” 

This passage is so illustrative of many of our interactions with the Lord.  Dive as deep in it as you want. 🙂  What I’d like to focus in on is verse 40:

 
Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?”

 
Here were two committed, faithful lovers of God, Mary and Martha.  They loved Jesus, they believed Him.  They even believed that He could do anything, but they put it off for a past or future time (“if you were here…”, “…in the resurrection”).  When Jesus showed up, they were happy to see Him, but didn’t think anything was going to happen.
 
How often do we do this?  We know that God CAN do anything.  We WISH that he would do something many times.  But when Jesus comes face to face with us, we’re more prone to ask Him why He didn’t do something about ________ (enter past dissappointing situation here).  But, at that moment, He is HERE and WANTS to show us His glory, RIGHT NOW!  It’s His desire to show us His goodness right where we are, right NOW!    
 
Can we choose to believe not only that he can, but that He WILL and that He wants to??
 
Consider your current situation.  Wouldn’t you like to see the glory of God in it?
Consider the church.  Can you believe that He WILL do something NOW to show us His glory?
In light of Sunday’s message, think of those who don’t know Jesus, who are in your life.  Let’s believe that Jesus is THERE and WANTS to show them His glory! 
 
And that is how we should pray! 
 
I hear the Spirit saying, “There are NO limits to me and what I will do, if only you will believe, and open your eyes to see.” 

 

Luke 11
 17On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. 18Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem, 19and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother. 20When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.  21″Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”  23Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”  24Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”  25Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; 26and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”  27″Yes, Lord,” she told him, “I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.”  28And after she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside. “The Teacher is here,” she said, “and is asking for you.” 29When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him. 30Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. 31When the Jews who had been with Mary in the house, comforting her, noticed how quickly she got up and went out, they followed her, supposing she was going to the tomb to mourn there.  32When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”  33When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. 34″Where have you laid him?” he asked.
      “Come and see, Lord,” they replied.  35Jesus wept.  36Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”  37But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”   38Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. 39″Take away the stone,” he said.
      “But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.”  40Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?”  41So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”  43When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.
      Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.” 

This passage is so illustrative of many of our interactions with the Lord.  Dive as deep in it as you want. 🙂  What I’d like to focus in on is verse 40:

 
Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?”

 
Here were two committed, faithful lovers of God, Mary and Martha.  They loved Jesus, they believed Him.  They even believed that He could do anything, but they put it off for a past or future time (“if you were here…”, “…in the resurrection”).  When Jesus showed up, they were happy to see Him, but didn’t think anything was going to happen.
 
How often do we do this?  We know that God CAN do anything.  We WISH that he would do something many times.  But when Jesus comes face to face with us, we’re more prone to ask Him why He didn’t do something about ________ (enter past dissappointing situation here).  But, at that moment, He is HERE and WANTS to show us His glory, RIGHT NOW!  It’s His desire to show us His goodness right where we are, right NOW!    
 
Can we choose to believe not only that he can, but that He WILL and that He wants to??
 
Consider your current situation.  Wouldn’t you like to see the glory of God in it?
Consider the church.  Can you believe that He WILL do something NOW to show us His glory?
In light of Sunday’s message, think of those who don’t know Jesus, who are in your life.  Let’s believe that Jesus is THERE and WANTS to show them His glory! 
 
And that is how we should pray! 
 
I hear the Spirit saying, “There are NO limits to me and what I will do, if only you will believe, and open your eyes to see.” 

 

Luke 11
 17On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. 18Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem, 19and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother. 20When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.  21″Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”  23Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”  24Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”  25Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; 26and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”  27″Yes, Lord,” she told him, “I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.”  28And after she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside. “The Teacher is here,” she said, “and is asking for you.” 29When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him. 30Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. 31When the Jews who had been with Mary in the house, comforting her, noticed how quickly she got up and went out, they followed her, supposing she was going to the tomb to mourn there.  32When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”  33When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. 34″Where have you laid him?” he asked.
      “Come and see, Lord,” they replied.  35Jesus wept.  36Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”  37But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”   38Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. 39″Take away the stone,” he said.
      “But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.”  40Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?”  41So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”  43When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.
      Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.” 

This passage is so illustrative of many of our interactions with the Lord.  Dive as deep in it as you want. 🙂  What I’d like to focus in on is verse 40:

 
Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?”

 
Here were two committed, faithful lovers of God, Mary and Martha.  They loved Jesus, they believed Him.  They even believed that He could do anything, but they put it off for a past or future time (“if you were here…”, “…in the resurrection”).  When Jesus showed up, they were happy to see Him, but didn’t think anything was going to happen.
 
How often do we do this?  We know that God CAN do anything.  We WISH that he would do something many times.  But when Jesus comes face to face with us, we’re more prone to ask Him why He didn’t do something about ________ (enter past dissappointing situation here).  But, at that moment, He is HERE and WANTS to show us His glory, RIGHT NOW!  It’s His desire to show us His goodness right where we are, right NOW!    
 
Can we choose to believe not only that he can, but that He WILL and that He wants to??
 
Consider your current situation.  Wouldn’t you like to see the glory of God in it?
Consider the church.  Can you believe that He WILL do something NOW to show us His glory?
In light of Sunday’s message, think of those who don’t know Jesus, who are in your life.  Let’s believe that Jesus is THERE and WANTS to show them His glory! 
 
And that is how we should pray! 
 
I hear the Spirit saying, “There are NO limits to me and what I will do, if only you will believe, and open your eyes to see.” 

 

  

-Jessie 
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About Jessie

Lover of God. Husband. Dad. Director of the Furnace at Michigan State University.

Discussion

3 thoughts on “What Can Jesus Do, RIGHT NOW?

  1. The kingdom is NOW! Hold fast the confession of your FAITH!

    Posted by Graham Chapman | July 9, 2009, 9:09 am
  2. Isaiah 60: 1-3 “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn. Isaiah 60:13 “The glory of Lebanon will come to you, the pine, the fir and the cypress together, to adorn the place of my sanctuary; and I will glorify the place of my feet.” We are walking candles for His glory, walk in His Glory, Light, Love and
    Grace.

    Posted by Nancy Allen | July 11, 2009, 9:32 am
  3. one major obstacle to our blessings is our failure to believe that Jesus is capable and willing to change our lives, heal our lives, deliver us and even restore us. this is really amazing. i choose to believe you Jesus today for a renewed relationship with you. the glory is right where we are, we need just to believe

    Posted by Titus | May 17, 2011, 9:20 am

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