Devotions for Feb 26, 2014

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John 11:38-44

38Jesus was still angry as he arrived at the tomb, a cave with a stone rolled across its entrance. 39“Roll the stone aside,” Jesus told them.

But Martha, the dead man’s sister, protested, “Lord, he has been dead for four days. The smell will be terrible.”

40Jesus responded, “Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believe?” 41So they rolled the stone aside. Then Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, thank you for hearing me. 42You always hear me, but I said it out loud for the sake of all these people standing here, so that they will believe you sent me.” 43Then Jesus shouted, “Lazarus, come out!” 44And the dead man came out, his hands and feet bound in graveclothes, his face wrapped in a headcloth. Jesus told them, “Unwrap him and let him go!”


Q: When you hear the word tragedy, what events do you think of? Have you ever seen tragedies be used as an opportunity to glorify God? In what ways? Are you someone who looks for God in those tragic moments? Or do you feel as though you are alone?

Q: Jesus shouted for Lazarus “to come out” with all authority. He took a moment and showed his redemptive, resurrecting purpose with all authority. What in your life needs to be redeemed? What do you need to speak to with authority over? What needs to be brought from death to life?



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