“He said this, and after that said, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him.” The disciples answered, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover.” However, Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that He was referring to natural sleep. So then Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead. And for your sake I am glad that I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.””
John 11:11-15 AMP
I’m enthralled in Jesus. Look at Him. Look how He does it.
This is the second instance I see in scripture where Jesus, as the Master teacher, I believe,
minimizes the situation to his students so that they respond in faith.
Do you remember where He told them to sit the multitude down by fifties?
At first, all they could see was the giant problem.
The large crowd to the minimal amount of food.
And in this case, death.
But Jesus helped them shift focus.
A lesson is eating the elephant bite by bite.
Jesus wanted to teach them how to look at things from a Kingdom perspective.
Think of how you and I would face death differently if we looked at it, as simply going to WAKE SOMEONE UP.
Yet, that’s the reality of the Kingdom.
And the reality of the loaves and fish multiplying came forth by them putting what was in their hands, to work in their groups of fifties, first.
Jesus is the Answer to any equation.
Large or small.
But as a Master Teacher, He meets is where we are and takes us further!
LOOK AT HIM.
He is perfect.
“They looked to Him and were radiant; Their faces will never blush in shame or confusion.”
Psalms 34:5 AMP