Faith and Belief

Faith can be a driving force in one's life. It can drive you to seek, to find, to succeed. Belief sometimes is based upon seeing what faith can accomplish. Sometimes belief is not present but fear is. Jesus encountered both situations in short order on at least one occasion. First He is sought out by a ruler of a temple as the man's daughter is ill - near death. On the way to the ruler's house, a crowd is pressing in upon Jesus. In the crowd is a woman who has been ill for 12 years; she has heard of the miracles of Jesus and believes that if she can get close enough to just touch His garment then she will be cured. In the meantime, the ruler's daughter dies; Jesus tells the man not to fear but to believe. All in all quite an amazing story. 

What is the level of your faith? How about your belief? Do you believe that just being in close proximity to Jesus will affect your life? Even after witnessing what Jesus can do, are you still struggling with fear of the unknown or is your belief strong?

Your Brother Will Rise Again

We last saw Jesus heading for Bethany after delaying for two days and his disciples were concerned for Jesus' safety as well as theirs. We now find Jesus has arrived and Martha has run out to meet Him. She says, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died." Jesus replies "Your brother will rise again." A brief discussion of future events takes place; Martha runs to tell Mary that the teacher has arrived and is asking for her. Mary greets Jesus in a manner similar to Martha. The Jews who had gathered to console the sisters figure something is going on so they follow them. 

Jesus instructs the stone to be rolled away from the tomb over the protests of Martha. He then prays loudly to His Father so that those present will know that the Father had sent Him. Finally Jesus shots for Lazarus to come out of the tomb and he does. 

This message is one that deals with doubt, unbelief, and belief so that all present would have the chance to recognize who was in their midst. We have the same opportunity today. Have we recognized who Jesus is? Have we accepted Him? Do we proclaim His name and His gospel? How do we handle the doubts the devil may cause? Spend some time and listen to the message being delivered.