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Daily Reading: 4th February 2015

John 11.45-46

45 Then many of the Jews who were coming to Mary, saw what He did and they believed in Him.

46 But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done.

Doubt can be dispelled by being an eyewitness to something. This means that we no longer have to rely on what someone else has said.

There will be many memorable things that have occurred in our life, many of which will have happened to us before our children were born. It is good for us to recount these events to our children, in the hope that they will believe us. Especially is it good for us to tell them about our history with Jesus, so that they will be drawn to Him and come to believe.

However, our fervent prayer is that they and many others will come to believe in Jesus because they will have first-hand experience of what He is doing today.

This is how it was for the Jews, who had come to comfort Mary and Martha in their time of grief.

Their mourning was turned into joy. They were experiencing the reality of the prophetic words of Jeremiah: The young women will dance for joy, and the men, old and young, will join in the celebration. I will turn their mourning into joy. I will comfort them and exchange their sorrow for rejoicing – Jeremiah 31.13 (NLT).

King David penned these words: You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy – Psalm 30.11 (NLT).

He certainly knew what it was like to descend into the depths of human despair, but also to know the wonderful way in which God raised him up from those depths to experience the joys of the benefits that come from God.

Mary and Martha believed in Jesus before He raised their brother from the dead. Now even more he believed the truth that Jesus is the resurrection and the life.

The great thing is that the raising of Lazarus evangelized some of the Jews.

Their doubts were dispelled as they saw the wonderful workings of Jesus in raising Lazarus from the dead.

Let it be our hearts desire that we also see the power of God moving amongst us in ways that will draw people to believe that God is able to save completely.

The writer to the Hebrews affirms this: Therefore He (Jesus) is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through Him – Hebrews 7.25 (NLT).

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