Trials, Tarrying and Triumph
Mary Bratcher from Artesia, New Mexico accidentally ran over her pet dog. I once had a dog with the same name. Browney bit just about everyone that ever step into our yard. The family tearfully buried the little mixed-breed dog in a field near their ranch home. The family's youngest son refused to accept that Browney was gone; neither would Browny's momma!
The momma pooch dug Browny out of the ground and the following day the family returned from a trip to discover Browny, caked with mud and dried blood, on their porch. Browny was barely breathing, but they rushed him to the veterinarian. He recovered, although he lost an eye, and had a broken shoulder. He also now has a new name -- Lazarus! Well our message is about story of raising Lazarus by the Lord Jesus Christ. It was dark and the air was filled with silence and everyone was watching. The crowd was filled with expectation.
And Jesus lifts up his yes and says Father; I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew thou hearest me always. But because of these people that stand by I said it that they may believe that thou have sent me.
I. THE TRIAL
In this story we see the death blow to much of the modern teaching and preaching of our day. Lazarus was gravely ill even though he was loved by Jesus. Sickness and death are the common experience of all mankind. We faced trials.
A Spanish proverb reads" "Sooner or later every home shall have hush. Longfellow said, "Into every life some rain must fall and some days must be dark and dreary. Every heart has its hurt and every soul has it sorrow. Every back has its burden. In this story even friendship with Jesus did not protect him from human sorrow.
Someone once said that holiness can't deter it, religion can't check it, and saintliness can't block it. We will have perplexities and problems and pain. We all face times of sobbing and sighing. Death will lower us to the grave but Christ will lift ...
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