WORLD GOSPEL KINGDOM TRACTS
Unlocking the Mystery of Human Life
John 11:1 Now there was a certain man who was sick, Lazarus from Bethany, of the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 11:2 It was that Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick. 11:3 The sisters therefore sent to Him saying, Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick. 11:4 But when Jesus heard it, He said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, in order that the Son of God may be glorified through it. 11:5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 11:6 When therefore He heard that he was sick, He remained at that time in the place where He was for two days. 11:7 Then after this He said to the disciples, Let us go into Judea again. 11:8 The disciples said to Him, Rabbi, the Jews were just now seeking to stone You, and You are going there again? 11:9 Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. 11:10 But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him. 11:11 He said these things, and after this He said to them, Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I Am going that I may wake him out of sleep. 11:12 The disciples then said to Him, Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover. 11:13 But Jesus had spoken about his death, but they thought that He was speaking about taking rest in sleep. 11:14 So Jesus then told them plainly, Lazarus has died. 11:15 And I rejoice for your sakes that I was not there, so that you may believe; but let us go to him. 11:16 Then Thomas, who is called Didymus, said to his fellow disciples, Let us also go, that we may die with Him. 11:17 Then when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the tomb four days. 11:18 Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about fifteen stadia away. 11:19 And many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother. 11:20 Martha therefore, when she heard that Jesus was coming, went to meet Him; but Mary sat in the house. 11:21 Then Martha said to Jesus, Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. 11:22 But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You. 11:23 Jesus said to her, Your brother will rise again. 11:24 Martha said to Him, I know that he will rise again in the resurrection in the last day. 11:25 Jesus said to her, I Am the resurrection and the life; he who believes into Me, even if he should die, shall live; 11:26 And everyone who lives and believes into Me shall by no means die forever. Do you believe this?
The Lord as the resurrection and preeminent One gives life to the dead. He is the resurrection and the life! In resurrection, this life is imparted into the dead to raise them up from death. This is life’s resurrecting.
Do you believe this? Do you believe that Christ is the resurrection and the life?
The Resurrected, Preeminent One can enliven you by praying this simple prayer:
O Lord, O Lord Jesus! Lord, I confess that I am a dead person who desperately needs Your enlivening. I am indeed dead in trespasses and sins. I need Your precious, efficacious blood to thoroughly cleanse me of all my sins. Yes, I believe that You are the resurrection and the life! Yes, I believe into You that I should not die in my sins--but live! Yes, I believe into You that I shall by no means die--but live forever! Yes, I believe this! By Your resurrection life, I cooperate with You to remove the many hidden stones in my heart, which are hidden sins, that my heart may be opened to receive You. Right now I receive You into my opened heart that I may live forever in You and never die. Amen!
In John 11:1-4 we see the dead and his need. Lazarus was not only sick but also dead (John 11:14). Thus, he did not need healing but resurrecting. In the Lord’s salvation He does not merely heal the sick; He also gives life to the dead. So He remained two days until the sick one had died (John 11:6). The Lord does not reform people or regulate them; He regenerates people and raises them out of death.
The Lord is the resurrection and the life and death is no problem to Him. It is easy for Him to swallow up death. Death may be a problem to us, but it is not a problem to Christ! He as resurrection can overcome death and swallow it up!
Even the death of Lazarus was provided by God. In His sovereignty, God prepared the environment which allowed Jesus’ follower to die. God’s sovereignty provided such a death situation in order to unfold Christ’s resurrection power. Without death there is no way to express resurrection.
Resurrection needs death!
We all have experience the death of a loved one. Reciprocally, many messages were sent to doctors, nurses, clinics and hospitals to seek help from them. Consequently, none of these things could really help us.
The reason we lose our parents, husbands, wives, children, relatives and friends is that God wants us to take Christ as our real satisfaction. God takes these away from us in order that we would take Christ as Lord and allow Him to have the first place in us (Colossians 1:18). Christ should be our center and our circumference. Christ as the preeminent One should be our centrality and universality in everything and all things in our daily living. God has no intention to deal with us severely; His intention is only for us to take Christ as our Lord. To weep before the Lord is more precious than to be happy before men. What we find in the Lord cannot be found in our friends, relatives, parents, spouses, and children. Both in creation and in His dealing with the believers, God wants His Son to have the first place in us. If we offer up Isaac, we will receive back Isaac (Genesis 22:1-18; 35:16-20). God does not let us have anything outside of His Son. Only Christ satisfies!
God allows sickness and weakness to come to our body in order that we may learn to (1) pray at night, (2) be watchful as sparrows on the rooftop, (3) know that the Lord makes our bed for us, (4) deal with sin, (5) wait quietly, (6) touch the hem of the Lord’s garment, (7) know that the Lord sent His Word to heal us, (8) know that through sickness God causes us to become useful persons, (9) know that holiness is healing, and (10) know that the Lord’s resurrection power removes our weakness, sickness, and death. Through sicknesses, God causes us to learn to trust, rely, and obey, so that Christ may have the first place in us.
He is the Preeminent One!
Jesus said to her, I Am the resurrection and the life; he who believes into Me, even if he should die, shall live; And everyone who lives and believes into Me shall by no means die forever. Do you believe this? (John 11:26, 27).
Jesus said, Take away the stone…(John 11:39). Then they took the stone away. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. 11:42 And I knew that You always hear Me; but because of the crowd standing around, I said it, that they may believe that You have sent Me. 11:43 And when He had said these things, He cried out with a loud voice, Lazarus, come out!
The Lord has the resurrection life, the resurrection power and the preeminence, but He needs our cooperation. He needs our submission. What is our submission? You must forsake your feelings, doubts and fears and allow the Lord to speak to you. When He tells you, “Move this stone,” you should simply move it. You must submit, cooperate, and coordinate with Him. You need to submit to His Word, cooperate with Him, and coordinate with the resurrection power. Why did the Lord, who was able to raise the dead, not remove the stone by Himself? Because His resurrection power requires your cooperation. Once they had removed the stone, the Lord cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” (John 11:41-43), and Lazarus was raised from the dead. He heard the voice of the living Lord, was quickened, and was raised from the dead.
The experience of the Lord as our life begins with regeneration and reaches a climax with resurrection. Only the Lord Himself as resurrection can defeat death. He can deliver all of the dead persons from death because He is not only life but also resurrection life! Since He is the resurrection, He can break the power of death. Even Hades is unable to confine our Lord to the tomb!
The Lord waited for two days because He would not only heal people; rather, He would enliven us. The Lord never heals according to our understanding; He heals by enlivening. Therefore, the principle of life through resurrection is that the Lord always enlivens the dead.
Do you think that the Lord wants to heal you? The Lord wants to enliven you. The Lord’s only intention is to impart Himself into you as the enlivening life. Are you dead? Do you need Christ as the resurrection and the life to enliven you?
A True Story: "A Tomb that Will Never Open"
Someone once spoke of the resurrection life with the following illustration. There was a person who did not believe in resurrection. He was a very renowned person among the atheists. Later he died, and his tombstone was engraved with the words: “A tomb that will never open.” The tomb was ornately made with marble. Amazingly, one day the marble cracked. A spruce seed had fallen into a fracture of the stone; it gradually grew into a tree and burst the tomb wide open. A tree has life. That is why it can break the tomb. Only life can overcome death. This is regeneration, and this is resurrection!
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THE WAY OF SALVATION
The way of salvation is not dependent upon man’s improvement, because “death” cannot be improved. Sin must first be judged, and then there can be the freedom from death which comes through sin. This is the salvation of Jesus Christ.
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Let us walk becomingly as in the day; not in reveling and drunkenness, not in fornication and licentiousness, not in strife and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh to fulfill its lusts.
Romans 13:13, 14