Transition Lenses part 1 Moving from the morbid to the mundane

"Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live." (John 11:25)

Can you imagine what it'd be like if you had a name that over time and through lots of real-world examples changed to mean, uh, corporeal newness? I see a dual oronymic trend at present in taking established names and changing their spelling ever-so-slightly. And also in resurrecting names that have heretofore been dormant and ignored for several generations. Of course, this is my individual observations and I digress, too.

"Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto Him, Lord, by this time He stinketh: for He hath been dead four days." (John 11:39)

It takes time. I wonder what Lazarus had to relearn. Motor skills, simple tasks, mores, etc. I'm just being speculative. Without memory, we'd have a pretty hard time making it day to day. And when you come back from the brink of wherever you were--be it death or any of its less-serious bedfellows--sometimes integrating into a more normal-feeling way of living can be difficult. It's these times that, I believe, Jesus takes special and personal interest in us. Sure, He loves us the same, day-in-day-out and He'll "never leave [us] nor forsake [us]." (Hebrews 13:5b) but we all need special attention at times.

"I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you." (John 14:8)

Sometimes, though, it takes one little step at a time. I believe we can think about and do and even concentrate on more than one thing at a time. But if you find that what does it for you while you traverse what you are, is slowing down and only doing one of those (things at a time), do it. Don't be afraid of the implications of relearning what once you knew and then forgot. The writer of Hebrews says this: "And this will we do if God permit." (Hebrews 6:3) Referring, of course, to the "foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment." (1b-2) In other words, if you need it, God's good for it. He'll re-learn you everything you need to know. But it takes time. God is at once eminently personal and also the "Lord of Hosts" (2 Samuel 7:8). He's got widescale, world-changing things He's bringing about and too, He cares about the slightest cry of your heart. Any place you need the resurrection power of Jesus in your life, He'll be sure to impart it by His Spirit. Think about this:

"Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them." (Hebrews 7:25, emphasis mine)

Jesus is alive for you. Lazarus may have arisen from the dead. But Jesus was the power behind it.

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Josh Ingram

I started writing a blog in the Summer of 2011 and I find myself many years later, doing the same thing. Really, I found myself somewhere in the aforementioned process and so now it’s just polish and refinement. I write whenever the Spirit moves me. In other words, uh, hebdomadally. Okay, word. Word.