Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?”
Jesus stood before the tomb of Lazarus and said, “Take away the stone.” Can you imagine? Lazarus had been dead for four days, and his body was starting to decompose in the warm Palestinian climate. Martha couldn’t stand the thought and said, “But Lord, by this time there is a bad odor” (John 11:39 NIV). I love the King James translation here, “by this time he stinketh.”
“But, Lord….” How many times does that come from our mouths when we stand with Jesus? But, Lord, I know your power but my marriage stinketh. But, Lord, I know your power, but I am tired of being single…I am going to do things my way. But, Lord, it doesn’t matter if I need it; I want it. But, Lord,…(you finish the statement).
Then Jesus turns to us and says the same thing he told Martha. Don’t you remember my word…my promise? “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?” Jesus does amazing things. Trust him, and he will turn things that stinketh into things that shine for his glory. Do you believe that?
Lord Jesus, thank you for taking my sinful heart that was in the process of spiritual decomposition and transforming it into a new heart that beats with yours. Thank you for taking the odor out of my life and replacing it with the sweet smell of your sacrifice. In your name. Amen.
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