When Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, He celebrated. And in His resurrection celebration, Jesus had prayer and praise. So, Pastor Ford will ask us today, if we’ve followed Jesus’ example—has resurrection power caused us to pray more? Has it caused us to praise more?
As we begin to look at the resurrection of Lazarus, we realize that God wanted everyone to understand that if Jesus didn’t do it, it wouldn’t get done—that is exactly why Jesus delayed His departure to return and help Lazarus. And so we must realize that sometimes the reason Jesus hasn’t come to help with our problems yet is because they may not be bad enough yet.
God has allowed everything we go through, and He has a higher purpose for all of it. Now we may not be able see or sense what that purpose is. And we especially may not like it. But God is sovereign and He’s going to make sure that His purpose is done.
To understand the blessings in a beatdown, we have to know that it’s better to walk with God in the darkness than to walk alone in the light. That’s what Jesus wanted us to know. Through the example of His life, we can see that He always put God first, especially in His suffering.
When Jesus told them who He was and shared with His followers what we can consider the greatest statement ever made, He wanted them to know He was not just another man. He was not just a good man. He was not just a prophet. He was not just a rabbi. He is God in the flesh. Find out what He told them specifically on today’s Treasured Truth.
Pastor James Ford Jr. has been the senior pastor of Christ Bible Church of Chicago, located on the south side of Chicago, Ill., for over 35 years. He also serves as the president of Impact Ministries, an outreach ministry committed to strengthening families in the South Shore community of Chicago.
Treasured Truth is a 24-minute radio program, airing daily. Each day, James Ford, Jr., Pastor of Christ Bible Church of Chicago, presents clear, powerful Bible teaching-adding godly wisdom and guidance to listeners' daily walks with Christ. Pastor Ford uses his breadth of experience to bring Christ-centered, expository preaching that is relevant to an audience of all races and cultures.