Flip Flop – The Impossible Project - Bethany #4
Scripture Reference: John 11:25
This a series entitled “Flip Flop.” One of the trends in America right now is flipping houses. Where someone has the ability to look at a place that looks trashed and needs to be torn down and make it into something desirable.
Jesus does the same thing throughout the scriptures. He takes what looks like a Flop of a situation and Flips it.
The impact of this series is for us to see those people and situations around us with the eyes of faith to “Flip It”!
There is something that happens when you “Flip It”. You move out of Theology (Knowledge) and get you into Authority (Experience).
John 11:25 “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.”
This verse takes place right in the middle of “The Bethany Project.” So Far it seems like everything has gone wrong. People are sick (Lazarus). Jesus has a disgruntled worker, Thomas. The ladies, Mary and Martha, wanted the project done yesterday and Jesus decides to wait 2 more days. For all practical purposes you can say this project is “Dead in the water.” This project needs Life!
The Resurrection -
Easter is all about “Celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.”
One major short comings of the church in celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ is that, in celebrating His rising from the dead by the power of God, we forget there should be simultaneous celebration of that same Power in us.
Romans 8:11“But ifthe Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.”
But if- Many people read this, and because our mind is conditioned to think that the terms “but” and “if”
are questioning terms, they seem to be terms of doubt. That being said, people begin to question the scriptures and the will of God for their life.
It also has people questioning the power of God in their current situation of life. Their current Flop.
Let’s put an end to the question.
The actual translation is “Moreover or More than”
Romans 8:11 “Moreover or More than” the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you.
When you get your driver’s license there is no longer a question if you have the power and authority to drive.
When you are born again there is no longer a question, you have the power and the authority living on the inside of you. That same Power that raised Jesus from the grave.
You have been given a spiritual driver’s license. It has given you power and authority.
Romans 8:11“But if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwellsin you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.”
the dead- Greek - nekros - one that has breathed is last; lifeless
Acts 3:15 “You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this.”
Romans 4:17 “As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He (Abraham) is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.
We have to begin to realize that God specializes in Flipping the Flop and “Giving Life to Dead Things”!
What are the projects of your life that have encountered the “nekros” stage? (Marriage, Singleness, Kids, No Kids, Finances, Career, Joy, Passion)
A lot of the situations I just mention are more like petrified wood rather than material for a flip.
Petrified wood (from the Latin root petro meaning "rock" or "stone"; literally "wood turned into stone") is the name given to a special type of fossilized remains of terrestrial vegetation. It is the result of a tree or tree-like plants having completely transitioned to stone by the process of permineralization.
Some of us have petrified joy. When you look at your life you see evidence that joy used to be alive and well but now it is just a stone experience.
Romans 8:11“But if (moreover) the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give lifeto your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwellsin you.”
This creates quite a problem.
How do Dead Issues reside next to “The Spirit that Gives Life?”
John 11:25 “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.”
But why did Jesus separate the two terms of Resurrection and Life?
Resurrection – to begin back to existence
Life – This is what kind of existence
dwellsin you - Greek - oikeō - to take up habitation or residency
The God who specializes in “Giving Life to Dead Things” said the “Life Giving” part of me “the Spirit” is getting an address change.
mortal bodies - Greek - thnētos - liable to death
“give life”- Greek - zoopoieo
zoe - Greek- God Life
poieo - Greek- to do
“Will also give you “God Life To Do”
He is going to put “God Life” in your “mortal” body “To Do.”
He has given you “God Life To Do” this Marriage!
He has given you “God Life To Do” this Career!
He has given you “God Life To Do” this Family!
He has given you “God Life To Do” this Book, this Song, this Dream.
He has given you “God Life To Do” to make the Graveyard the poorest place on earth and Heaven the richest.
While we are celebrating the rising of Jesus from the dead and his new life. Heaven is celebrating “the God Life To Do” in our mortal bodies.
Heaven is your Cheering Section.
It is time to celebrate more than the resurrection of Jesus… it is time to celebrate the resurrection and life in you!
The impossible project just became possible.
The Death of Lazarus
1 Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 It was Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was ill. 3 So the sisters sent to him, saying, “Lord, he whom you love is ill.” 4 But when Jesus heard it he said, “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.”
5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6 So, when he heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was. 7 Then after this he said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.” 8 The disciples said to him, “Rabbi, the Jews were just now seeking to stone you, and are you going there again?” 9 Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.”11 After saying these things, he said to them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I go to awaken him.”12 The disciples said to him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover.” 13 Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that he meant taking rest in sleep. 14 Then Jesus told them plainly,“Lazarus has died, and for your sake I am glad that I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” 16 So Thomas, called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”
I Am the Resurrection and the Life
17 Now when Jesus came, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. 18 Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles off, 19 and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother. 20 So when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, but Mary remained seated in the house. 21 Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.” 23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”24 Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”27 She said to him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.”
28 When she had said this, she went and called her sister Mary, saying in private, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.” 29 And when she heard it, she rose quickly and went to him. 30 Now Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was still in the place where Martha had met him. 31 When the Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary rise quickly and go out, they followed her, supposing that she was going to the tomb to weep there. 32 Now when Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet, saying to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” 33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled. 34 And he said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” 35 Jesus wept. 36 So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” 37 But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man also have kept this man from dying?”
Jesus Raises Lazarus
38 Then Jesus, deeply moved again, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. 39 Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, by this time there will be an odor, for he has been dead four days.” 40 Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?” 41 So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this on account of the people standing around, that they may believe that you sent me.” 43 When he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out.” 44 The man who had died came out, his hands and feet bound with linen strips, and his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”
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