19 Feb When Waiting = Winning!
Journal Reflection of Day 11 (18th February 2017)
“Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So, when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was.” – John 11:5-6
Love is patient – 1 Corinthians 13:4 NIV
Love never gives up – 1 Corinthians 13:4 MSG
When Waiting = Winning!
Some miracles are more glorious because Jesus Christ moves instantly and suddenly. Time bends her knees and bow down to Jesus. One example was when Jesus and the disciples were teleported immediately from the middle of the sea to the place they were supposed to go in John 6.
Other miracles are more glorious because Jesus waited. In the powerful story of the resurrection of Lazarus, Jesus did what no one had ever witness! The resurrection of someone who has been dead for four days! There were numerous accounts of resurrection in the Old Testament but none beat this account because they were all resurrected shortly after death and certainly not more than three days. In fact, this miracle is received as a messianic miracle because no one could have done it except the Messiah.
“Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So, when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was.”
I was particularly struck by the words Love and So. Jesus loved Martha, Mary and Lazarus so much that he waited for two more days. Why? Because He did not want them to miss the greater glory.
I want to tell you that God loves you no less today! Don’t miss the greater glory!
Are we tired of waiting? Are we impatient?
Can we continue to trust the goodness of God in our lives?
Hear the voice of the Holy Spirit,
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16
Pastor Ian Toh
Lead Pastor, 3:16 Church