I was reading John 11 the other day, and the account of Lazarus being raised from the dead. It’s such an incredible story packed full with so many lessons, along with a raw demonstration of the power of God, the power that could raise a man from the grave, the same power that is available to us today.
One of the things that caught my attention was Jesus’ dialogue with Martha, the sister of Lazarus. Martha knew who Jesus was, she fully believed He was the son of God, the One who was sent to the world. She believed that Lazarus could be raised from the grave “on the Last Day,” to which Jesus replied “I am the resurrection and the life.” (verse 24,25).
Martha believed who Jesus said He was, yet didn’t seem to understand that Jesus had the power to raise Lazarus from the grave there and then, not some day off in the future. Jesus pulled forward what was meant for the “Last Day” into Today.
Later on, Jesus is standing outside the tomb and asks for the stone to be rolled away. Martha says to Him, “Lord, there’s a bad smell by now – it’s the fourth day!” (verse 39). I wonder what Martha thought Jesus was going to do. He had just told her that He was the resurrection, that He had the power to give life to those who believe in Him, but Martha seemed more concerned with the smell of the body than what Jesus had in mind.
So they roll the stone away, Jesus gives thanks to the Lord, and Lazarus comes walking out of the grave – death had been defeated, the power of the Lord was on full display, Jesus had brought forward what was meant for tomorrow to today.
The Kingdom of Heaven is not something that is far off in the clouds or something that will be revealed off in the future, it is here right now. It’s true that it will be fully revealed in the future, but today we have access to the Kingdom of Heaven, Jesus knew that which was why He was able to witness such incredible miracles and healing’s. The sooner we realise what has been made available to us, the sooner we will be able to release heaven into every situation we are faced with. Fear has no place when we have the Kingdom working in and through us.
Jesus says in Matthew 6:33,34 to trust in the Lord’s provision, not to worry about tomorrow but to be fully present in today. When we are anxious about what tomorrow will bring or how God will provide for us tomorrow, we run the risk of missing out on what God want’s to bless us with today. Live for today with the full assurance that God already has tomorrow figured out. Trust in the Lord and He will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5,6)
I often wonder what the world would look like if the whole church caught what Jesus was saying here and fully trusted and believed what he said to be true. How many salvations would be happening each day? How many lives would be radically transformed by the power and love of God that gets released through the church’s prayers?
The trouble is that for many people, they say things like, “if God heals this person, then I will believe He is healer today”, or “when God answers this prayer, I will trust Him with the other things in my life.” We need to flip that on it’s head, and put our belief firmly on God today. God is healer, today, He is at work within us, today. Faith in who God is today will bring hope for what God will do tomorrow.
Jesus came so that what was meant for tomorrow could now become available today. We get to pull down heaven to earth – today! We get to release the answer today. The Kingdom of heaven is here today, will we access it today or will we miss out on what God intends for us?