Posted by: DCox | July 10, 2008

Why Does Jesus Linger?

Why does Jesus seemingly leave us alone (in our tomb)?

Lazarus\' tomb



Here’s some possibilities that Stephen Smith presents in The Lazarus Life:

  • Seismic earthquakes of doubt can topple our belief systems.  As we wait for God to enter our world, we get to the place where we relinquish control – much as a person with an addiction acknowledges that he can’t control life and then surrenders to a “higher power”.  This is when transformation can begin from the inside out.  The lingering allows the time for the posture of our heart to change.
  • Waiting helps us define what we want and what we need.
  • Jesus’s lingering provides time for us to face the illusions we have about God and life.  Our disappointments are the result of unmet expectations; we need the opportunity to dis-illusion a false reality.  Embracing what is true is the core of the transformed life.
  • Jesus shows up at the appointed time for the purposes of God.  Transformation is a slow process because God has His purposes in mind – His glory.  Jesus tells us in John 11 the reason he delayed attending to Lazarus:

 14So then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead, 15and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.”

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.”


Upcoming post – Embracing what is true. 


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