Jesus and the Mummy

Posted on 06/14/2015 by Rev. Benjamin R. Faust D.D.

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LORD YOU'VE BEEN SO GOOD

VERSE ONE
Lord, you've been so good to me
you gave me sight when I was blind
You showed me light I could not see
you brought me truth I could not find

Lord, you've been so good to me
you paid a debt I could not pay
You turned my darkest night to day
Lord you've been so good to me!

CHORUS
And so I praise you in the morning
and I praise you in the night
For you are my Salvation
you are my guiding light
So I give you my everything
I just can't give you less
When you sent your Son to love me
you gave me your best!

VERSE TWO
Lord, you've been so good to me
you set my feet on solid ground
You rescued my life from the grave
when no other help could be found

Lord, you've been so good to me
and I could never repay
All the love you gave so freely
Lord, you've been so good to me!

(CHORUS)

BRIDGE
Lord you've been so good to me
Lord you've been so good to me (better than I deserve)
Lord you've been so good to me
you paid a debt I could not pay
You turned my darkest night to day
Lord you've been so good to me

Lord you've been so good to me
Lord you've been so good to me (you're good all the time)
Lord you've been so good to me
and I could never repay
All the love you gave so freely
Lord you've been so good to me

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You gave me your best!
You gave me your best!

Lord, you've been so good to me.


THERE IS NONE LIKE YOU

There is none like You
No one else can touch my heart like You do
I could search for all eternity long
And find there is none like You

Your mercy flows like a river wide
And healing comes from Your hands
Suffering children are safe in Your arms
There is none like You


JESUS NAME ABOVE ALL NAMES

Jesus, name above all names
Beautiful Savior, glorious Lord.
Emmanuel, God is with us.
Blessed Redeemer, Living word.


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Let's start off
the message today
by reading from
the 11th chapter
of the book of John.


John 11:1-46 (NKJV)

1 Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.
2 It was that Mary who anointed the Lord with fragrant oil and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.
3 Therefore the sisters sent to Him, saying, "Lord, behold, he whom You love 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 may be glorified through it."

5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.
6 So, when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was.
7 Then after this He said to the disciples, "Let us go to Judea again."

8 The disciples said to Him, "Rabbi, lately the Jews sought to stone You, and are You going there again?"

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.
10 But if one walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him."
11 These things He said, and after that He said to them, "Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up."

12 Then His disciples said, "Lord, if he sleeps he will get well."
13 However, Jesus spoke of his death, but they thought that He was speaking about taking rest in sleep.

14 Then Jesus said to them plainly, "Lazarus is dead.
15 And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe. Nevertheless let us go to him."

16 Then Thomas, who is called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, "Let us also go, that we may die with Him."

17 So when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the tomb four days.
18 Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles away.
19 And many of the Jews had joined the women around Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother.

20 Now Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him, but Mary was sitting in the house.
21 Now Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.
22 But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You."

23 Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again."

24 Martha said to Him, "I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day."

25 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.
26 And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?"

27 She said to Him, "Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world."

28 And when she had said these things, she went her way and secretly called Mary her sister, saying, "The Teacher has come and is calling for you."
29 As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly and came to Him.
30 Now Jesus had not yet come into the town, but was in the place where Martha met Him.
31 Then the Jews who were with her in the house, and comforting her, when they saw that Mary rose up quickly and went out, followed her, saying, "She is going to the tomb to weep there."

32 Then, when Mary came where Jesus was, and saw Him, she fell down at His feet, saying to Him, "Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died."

33 Therefore, when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled.
34 And He said, "Where have you laid him?"

They said to Him, "Lord, come and see."

35 Jesus wept.
36 Then the Jews said, "See how He loved him!"

37 And some of them said, "Could not this Man, who opened the eyes of the blind, also have kept this man from dying?"

38 Then Jesus, again groaning in Himself, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it.
39 Jesus said, "Take away the stone."

Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, "Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days."

40 Jesus said to her, "Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?"
41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, "Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.
42 And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me."
43 Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come forth!"
44 And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, "Loose him, and let him go."

45 Then many of the Jews who had come to Mary, and had seen the things Jesus did, believed in Him.
46 But some of them went away to the Pharisees and told them the things Jesus did.


There are a lot of things
that could be said
about this account.

Let's take a look
at just a few.

First,
when Jesus was told
that Lazarus was sick,
He said,

"This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it."

Now, some could say
that Jesus was wrong.
After all,
Lazarus DID die.

Right?

Well, first of all,
this could also
be translated,

"The story of this sickness
will not end in death."

But let's look at
what Jesus said
in verse 11,
Jesus said,

"Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up."

So at this point,
Lazarus was
what WE would call
"dead."

And since the disciples
didn't understand
what Jesus meant
by "asleep,"

He used language
they would understand.

"Lazarus is dead."

The physical form
they called "Lazarus"
was, indeed, dead.

But the being
that wore that
suit of flesh,
was alive and well.

He was "sleeping,"
or,
dwelling in
perfect rest.

And Jesus...

...was going
to wake him up.


Why?


"Lazarus is dead. And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe."


Verse 21:

21 Now Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.
22 But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You."

23 Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again."

24 Martha said to Him, "I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day."

25 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.
26 And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die."


So THAT is why
Jesus said
the sickness
would not end
in death.

Lazarus was not dead!

But no one else
understood this.

They were lost
in the world of form.

The form of Lazarus
was indeed dead.

But the being
who wore the body
called Lazarus',

and who housed
the person
called Lazarus,

was at perfect rest,
perfect stillness,
perfect peace.

Resting in the place
referred to by Jesus
as "Abraham's Bosom."

And the reason
Jesus called him back
to this physical world?


Verse 31:

31 Then the Jews who were with her in the house, and comforting her, when they saw that Mary rose up quickly and went out, followed her, saying, "She is going to the tomb to weep there."

32 Then, when Mary came where Jesus was, and saw Him, she fell down at His feet, saying to Him, "Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died."

33 Therefore, when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled.
34 And He said, "Where have you laid him?"

They said to Him, "Lord, come and see."

35 Jesus wept.
36 Then the Jews said, "See how He loved him!"

37 And some of them said, "Could not this Man, who opened the eyes of the blind, also have kept this man from dying?"

38 Then Jesus, again groaning in Himself, came to the tomb.


So Jesus saw the mourning.

He saw the weeping.

He saw the grieving.

The God of Compassion,
the Lord of Empathy,
felt the pain of
their perceived loss.

The pain caused
by their identification
with the world of form.

The pain caused
by their misunderstanding
of who and what
Lazarus really was,
and of what had
really happened to him.

He was not dead.

Instead,
He was finally
fully alive.


And then in Verse 41,
Jesus prays.

And this prayer
was for the benefit
of those standing by.

"Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me."


Jesus had a message.

Jesus had a mission.

Jesus had a gift to give,
for all those
who would
receive it.

And so,
He raised those at rest
back into the world
of physical form.

Not for the sake
of the sleeping,
but for the message
that, what we perceive
as "death,"
has no power
over the Life
He came to bring.

As He said in John 10:10,

"The thief comes for nothing
but to steal, kill, and destroy;
but I have come that
they might have life, and
that they might have it
in overflowing abundance."


Until they die, right?

Or,
to undo lack or pain
in their life's story,
right?

Wrong.

Physical death
is not death at all.

And material lack
or physical pain
or unpleasant stories
are not true lack
or true "badness"
at all.

Jesus came
to proclaim
the Kingdom
of God;

the Kingdom
which is
inside of you.

The Kingdom
which is not
of this world.

The Kingdom
which is not
food, or
drink, or
clothing;

not
money, or
houses, or
land;

not
fame, or
fortune, or
position, or
earthly power;

but it is
above and beyond
all these things.


Life.


It is

Fullness of Life.

Fullness of Peace.

Fullness of Joy.


And THAT
was the reason
Jesus went
to the grave.

THAT
was the reason
Jesus felt
their pain.

THAT
was the reason
Jesus prayed
so they could hear.

And THAT
was the reason
Jesus called to Lazarus,
resting blissfully
in Abraham's Bosom,
fully alive, and
free from all suffering:

He did that
to symbolize with form,
for those lost in form,
the power of God,
the powerlessness of
what we call "death,"
and the authority
of the Living,
Breathing,
always and everywhere-
speaking
Word of the Kingdom
of God.



Verse 44:

44 And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, "Loose him, and let him go."

45 Then many of the Jews who had come to Mary, and had seen the things Jesus did, believed in Him.
46 But some of them went away to the Pharisees and told them the things Jesus did.


If God would only
give an unrefutable sign,
perform a massive miracle,
give some absolute proof,
THEN everyone would believe.

Would they really?

The religious leaders
believed in God.

They
believed the Scriptures.

They
believed in the Messiah.

They just didn't
recognize Him.

And to them,
this resurrection
was a problem.

Just like
Jesus' rising
from the dead
was a problem.


This reminds me
of a story Jesus told
in Luke chapter 16.

Let's read this together.

Luke 16:19-31 (NKJV)

19 "There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day.
20 But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate,
21 desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
22 So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died and was buried.
23 And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

24 "Then he cried and said, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.'
25 But Abraham said, 'Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented.
26 And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.'

27 "Then he said, 'I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father's house,
28 for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.'
29 Abraham said to him, 'They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.'
30 And he said, 'No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.'
31 But he said to him, 'If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.'"


One DID indeed
rise from the dead.

Lazarus was risen.

And Jesus arose.

But in both cases,
not everyone believed.


You can't make
anyone believe the Truth
who is not ready
to accept it.

Pray for them.

And dwell in Presence.

God will give them
mercy and grace,
and will draw them
by His Spirit.

That's HIS job,
not yours.

YOUR job
is to dwell
in His Spirit,

dwell
in His Temple,

dwell continuously
in His Kingdom,

and not worry
about the rest.


In closing,
remember this:

This world
is not your home.

The things
of this world
are all passing away.

Physical death
is not death at all;

for when you
dwell in Him,
you are One
with Everlasting Life.

""I am the resurrection
and the life.
He who believes in Me,
though he may die,
he shall live.
And whoever lives
and believes in Me
shall never die."