Whether you consider yourself on the winning side, the losing side, or on no side at all, I can’t imagine that anyone is not in a bit of shock and awe this morning. I didn’t stay up to watch the results. Instead I went to bed last night saying a prayer. And this morning I woke up, checked out my tablet, and started with a bit of prayer. And, not gonna lie, I was kind of anticipating hearing something back from heaven as I opened my Bible and went to my reading plan this morning. Here’s what awaited me . . .
“Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?” ~ Jesus
(John 11:40 ESV)
And this is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as He has commanded us.
(1John 3:23 ESV)
The messenger sent to Jesus by the sisters came and spoke with a sense of urgency. Their brother, Lazarus, was sick . . . really sick! And though “Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.” He didn’t spring into action. He didn’t respond the way the sisters thought He should. Instead, He saw no need to change His plans. He remained where He was. Then, after two days, He purposed to make the two day journey to return to Judea. But by then He knew that Lazarus had already died. But this too, was according to plan.
“This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” . . . “and for your sake I am glad that I was not there, so that you may believe.” ~ Jesus
(John 11:4, 15 ESV)
Fast forward and Jesus is standing in front of a tomb, a cave, its entrance covered by a large stone. Inside the cave is the decomposing body of the man He loved. And Jesus says, “Take away the stone.” And at first there’s confusion and hesitation. If it made little sense to them that Lazarus should die, it made even less sense to now disturb his resting place. But, says Jesus, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?”
And that’s what John says we are called to do as God’s people. Believe. Believe in the name of God’s Son Jesus Christ. By faith get ready to see the glory of God.
How many of us have brushed up on our “government verses” over the past several months? Romans 13:1, “there is no authority except from God.” 1Peter 2:13-14, “Be subject for the Lords sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor or to governors as sent by him.” So “render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s” (Luke 20:25). “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way” (1Tim. 1-2 ESV). “Did I not tell you,” says the Living Incarnate Word of God, “that if you believed you would see the glory of God?” Ours is to believe those God-breathed exhortations. Ours is to have faith.
Believe in the Son. One blog Sue and I read reminded us that Jesus wasn’t running for president because He already rules the universe.
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things were created through Him and for Him.
(Colossians 1:15-16 ESV)
All things created for Him. All things. The White House is for His sovereign purposes. The House of Commons (for my friends in the homeland) part of His divine plan. “Did I not tell you, that if you believed you would see the glory of God?”
Believe in the Son and love one another. Regardless of what side we’re on this morning, what an opportunity for the church to be the church. Whether we consider ourselves among the winners, or the losers, or just the observers this morning, we are the manifestation of God’s multifaceted wisdom in heaven and on earth (Eph. 3:10). We rise above the politics and love on the people–first loving on those of the household of God and then, as heaven’s ordained ambassadors, those in need of heavenly citizenship. We transcend governments in order to shine forth the gospel.
“Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?”
Yes You did, Lord! I believe; help my unbelief.
By Your grace. For Your glory.