Come Out! – Good News for March 29

29 03 2009

The dead man came out…

John 11:1-45

The sisters of Lazarus sent word to Jesus, saying, “Master, the one you love is ill.” When Jesus heard this he said, “This illness is not to end in death, but is for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”

Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So when he heard that he was ill, he remained for two days in the place where he was. Then after this he said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.”

When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him; but Mary sat at home. Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise.” Martha said, “I know he will rise, in the resurrection on the last day.”

Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” She said to him, “Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world.”

He became perturbed and deeply troubled, and said, “Where have you laid him” They said to him, “Sir, come and see.” And Jesus wept. So the Jews said, “See how he loved him.” But some of them said, “Could not the one who opened the eyes of the blind man have done something so that this man would not have died?”

So Jesus, perturbed again, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay across it. Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the dead man’s sister, said to him, “Lord, by now there will be a stench; he has been dead for four days.” Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believe you will see the glory of God?”

So they took away the stone. And Jesus raised his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you for hearing me. I know that you always hear me; but because of the crowd here I have said this, that they may believe that you sent me.”

And when he had said this, He cried out in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, tied hand and foot with burial bands, and his face was wrapped in a cloth. So Jesus said to them, “Untie him and let him go.”

Now many of the Jews who had come to Mary and seen what he had done began to believe in him.

The Daily Path: If you have read some of the past 174 blogs I’ve posted here you may have a sense that Jesus called out to me, just as he once did to another dead man. I was not physically dead, although God gave me quite a scare a few years back. However, I was spiritually dead. I was in my tomb for a lot longer than four days. It was more like 30 years, and I’m sure that the stench of my decay was troubling to many. Fortunately, my tombstone was eventually rolled back and a loud voice that couldn’t be missed called: “Kin, come out!” 

Room to Chat: I would like to ask the readers of Good News To-Go! to keep a young man by the name of Michael in your thoughts and conversations with God, between now and Easter. Michael leads a troubled life that finds him in and out of group homes and court ordered incarceration. His adopted parents, some of the kindest people you could ever meet, are filled with anxiety each night, never knowing what the night will bring for their son. Please join me over the next 13 days in asking Jesus to call to Michael as he once did to Lazarus.


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29 03 2009
mike

Kin:
Thank you for the opertunity to join in this 13 day vigil, May the Virgin Mother of The One and Only Savior that calls us each out of our self chosen tombs, take a special interest in this time of need.
And May The Great St. Michael be beckoned by Jesus Personally to send members of His Legion at this time and throughout time to protect our friend Michael and His Family from the snars which the enemy will attempt to entrap him with.
For this, it is only neccessary to get God to SAY YES… Once… and then the work of maintenence begins … please feel free to request free Cd from our website for Michael (if He will have it)
May the Blessings of the Holy Family be upon you all, this day and all days of your earthly life.

mike c

30 03 2009
Herbie

Dear Son,

I sometimes felt that if I were Lazarus, and Jesus pulled me back from the dead, I’d be mad as hell. After four days I would have felt the warmth of heaven like your Mom did in 1983 when she had a near death experience while at Alameda Hospital. She saw a light at the end of a French tree-lined road and she felt a warmth attracting her. She felt she had a choice to make. It is evident to many people she has helped why your Mom would return.

I wrote her the following when I was in the Army:
“You know when I daydream and think about when we’ll be married, it all seems so perfect. It seems the two of us could work it out so well and do so many things together. You know all my life I’ve thought about when I’d get married and all the things I’d do and wouldn’t do, and all the things I wanted in a wife (you really fit the bill perfectly). It’s always seemed to me that marriage was very important and a basis for many other things in life. You know, just by getting married we could be a factor in changing someone else’s life. We’d be responsible for how our children grew up and they in turned would get married and so on. It all seems so big and wonderful to me and I know it wouldn’t seem the same without you. I think the most wonderful part for myself would be just do things with you.”

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