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A Makeover for Lazarus (22 of 36)
I want us to visit a man who is well-known in the Bible. He's one of the popular characters of the Bible and his name is Lazarus. Lazarus is the man who was dead and the Lord Jesus Christ came and stood before the tomb and with a loud voice He said, ''Lazarus, come forth.'' Lazarus came forth out of the grave. When he came out the Lord Jesus saw those grave clothes around him and He said, ''Loose him and let him go.''
I want us to visit at the beginning of the message tonight. The first thing we are going to have to do is with the speed of thought, we are going to have to go from here all the way over to the land of Israel to the little village of Bethany. Once there, we want to go back in time.
Did you read the other day that we have some scientists who have been able to send some pulses through a tunnel faster than the speed of light which means theoretically it is possible for that pulse to get out of the tunnel before it gets in to the tunnel. Theoretically that would mean that it would be possible to go back in time.
In theory, in imagination, let's go back in time. We are over in the little village of Bethany in Israel, right outside the city of Jerusalem. We are going back in time to the days of the Lord Jesus Christ 2000 years ago. We are going to pay a visit to Lazarus. We inquire around and we ask, ''Could you tell us, sir, we'd like to go visit Lazarus.'' They say, ''I'll tell you what do, go over there to the tomb and you'll find Lazarus.'' You scratch your head and say, ''I thought Lazarus was raised from the dead. Maybe he's over there visiting and rejoicing in what Jesus did for him that day when He raised him from the dead.'' We go to the tomb from which Jesus raised Lazarus and we don't see him anywhere. We see the tomb and the entrance to the tomb, but we don't see Lazarus anywhere. We call him. ''Lazarus, Lazarus, are you anywhere around?'' From de ...
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