Posted by: DCox | July 10, 2008

Why Does Jesus Linger?

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

Lazarus\' tomb

Lazarus"

 

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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