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                The Gospels in Harmony                 Sermon #356  Posted 12/27/21

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The Gospels in Harmony  Sermon #356-122721

     As we continue in our study  I am going to cover a few verses of scripture which will help us understand why there were great multitudes traveling with and meeting Jesus wherever He went. It will also help us understand the attitudes of the religious leaders of that day and age. 
    We will first go to the book of John to study the raising of Lazarus.

John 11:1-10
1 Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.
2  ( It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.) 
3  Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick. 
4  When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby. 
5  Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. 
6  When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was. 
7  Then after that saith he to his disciples, Let us go into Judaea again. 
8  His disciples say unto him, Master, the Jews of late sought to stone thee; and goest thou thither again? 
9  Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world. 
10  But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him.

     As we begin our study into why there were great multitudes wherever Jesus traveled and why the religious leaders were becoming very concerned we first must understand what was happening and where.  
   Everywhere Jesus went people came to hear and see Him. They came because of the news that had spread so quickly about the miracles He had performed. Eye witnesses and recipients of the healing touch and words of Jesus would not and could not be quiet about the things He was able to do for anyone.
   News traveled with everyone because that is how news traveled back then. There were no telephones, emails, postal service, televisions, radios or news papers. People travel on foot. Everyone traveled on foot unless they were wealthy enough to own a donkey or a horse. Even so they were not speeding down the highway in their own little world.
    Most people met and greeted and spoke to every one as they passed or joined them in their travels. Going from one town to the next on foot was how people lived. Passing on what they had heard or telling of what they had seen was how everyone was able to know about Jesus. 
    Think about it. If you had never seen Jesus but had been hearing about Him and the things He had done for weeks and months, wouldn't you be curious. Wouldn't you be eager to see Him if He drew near enough to travel on foot to see Him? Ask Blind Bartimaeus if he had heard about Jesus before He came to Jericho. Why do you think the blind man cried out to Jesus when he was told who was near? Why do you think he was so eager to get Christ's attention? Because he had already heard about the miracles Jesus had performed and all about who He was reported to be. 
    Many believed in Jesus before they ever saw Him. Many were just curious as to what kind of man this was. Most were looking for someone to save them from the Romans who were controlling their lives. Between the religious leaders who were bowing to the Roman rulers just to maintain their status and the taxes being collected for any and everything, anything out of the ordinary was welcomed news. Anyone reported to be able to heal and feed and fill them with hope and joy was readily sought and accepted. Let me tell you folks that will draw a crowd even today!
   So because of the news of what Jesus was doing and saying was spreading so quickly and without boundaries, everywhere He went there were people traveling with Him, ahead of Him, people waiting for Him and people coming to see Him. 
    Now Lazarus was also a well known and respected man in the area. That is quite evident by the fact the Bible states in verses 18-19 that Bethany was about 15 furlongs (less than 2 miles) and many of the Jews came to be with Martha and Mary because of their brothers sickness and death.
 John 11:18-19
18 Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off: 
19 And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother. 
   Jesus however was sent for by Martha and Mary in faith that Jesus could Heal their brother before he would die.
John 11:2-3
2 ( It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.) 
3 Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick.

   When Jesus received the news of course He was not surprised and gave an answer that often is difficult to understand.
John 11:4
4 When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.
   Jesus knew Lazarus would die before he arrived but He also knew He was going to resurrect him from the dead. So to Jesus, Lazarus was alive even though he was dead to the people around him.
Jesus also was aware of the sorrow He was about to put Martha and Mary through. It troubled Him greatly however He knew it would only be for a little while.  
   There is a great lesson here folks. God is in control and all things are for His glory. Don't ever think you have it all figured out.
Isaiah 55:8-9
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways,
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
    God knows the beginning from the end
Ecclesiastes 3:11
11 He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.
Isaiah 46:10
10 Declaring the end from the beginning,
and from ancient times the things that are not yet done,
saying, My counsel shall stand,
and I will do all my pleasure:
     God knows what He's doing. We may wonder what is going on, we may suffer in many ways, we may have to endure loss, and be tempted to lose faith, but if we are faithful and patient God will lift us from our troubles and show us what He had planned all along. Through our faith and perseverance He will be glorified and we will be rewarded.
1 Peter 1:6-7
6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 
7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
1 Peter 4:16
16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.
     God is love. Don't ever forget that. It is the most loving of parents that will endure suffering for and with their children. God knows our pain. He knows our hearts. But he also knows it is our faith in Him that will lift us from all of our troubles and temptations He never leaves us nor does He not know what is going on. 
Romans 8:28
28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.Romans 8:28
28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.       
James 1:2-3
2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
1 Peter 1:6-7
6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 
7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 

   God is in control. Trust in the Lord and He will make your paths straight.
John 11:5
5 Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.
John 11:6
6 When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was.
    Remember, all things work according to Gods plan, not ours.  We may think and want and even swear to know what is best but it is God plan we live in, not ours. It doesn't matter if you are not saved. All things work for Gods glory. 
The problem we all have is short sightedness. The difference between the lost and the saved is the saved will see the outcome and be blessed by it. 
    If you do not know Jesus Christ as your personal savior you can bow your head right now and ask Him to come into your life. Ask Him to show His peace and joy
that you may rise above the fears and temptations of this world.
Be blessed
Be safe in the New Year
Jesus will answer your sincere request. He is always near. Amen!

Pastor Steven Freede
Cornerstone Independent Church Ministry
12/27/21  

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