Life is full of surprises: wise ones, unpleasant ones, happy ones, complicated ones! The Bible is full of surprises as well or to say more correctly, full of wisdom that we understand surprisingly as we had not earlier note or because our spiritual eyes had just opened. God knows!
One of those adorned surprises – for me – is the following scripture and a little detail in it:
“Then they took away the stone [from the place] where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up [His] eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.
“And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said [this], that they may believe that You sent Me.”
Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!”
The above is passage from the true story telling of the great miracle of Lazarus’ resurrection; a very famous story and well taught to any Christian community, church or gathering. What an amazing thing to take place, eh! But forgive me: there is no great or small miracle! All miracles are important and they take place for a reason and only: belief! The only one great miracle is the one of humanity’s salvation and reconciliation with her creator.
The preceding scripture – and chapter – is very much about belief. What is belief? There are a lot of teachings as well there is the definition within the Bible in Hebrews 11v1:
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Very well known verse and it speaks tons! Things not seen!
Exactly that’s what our Lord Jesus Christ did when He visited the tomb of Lazarus. Read again:
He arrived at the Tomb and waited for the people to remove the stone that had sealed the grave. He did not do anything else at that moment. He was just standing there, there were others were removing the stone.
When He took action, He did that one first thing: He spoke to the Father, giving thanks! Why He gave thanks? Nothing had happened except that the stone had been removed. Then He explains why: “that you have heard me”.
The tense used is not in the future, a future tense. It is perfect tense…
But nothing had happened. He had not even spoken anything. OK! He might have spoken to the Father in spirit but for sure nothing yet spoken out, as this takes place few seconds later by commending: “Lazarus, come forth!”
The detail that makes an enormous difference is that perfect (in the Greek language is in full past) tense. What is its meaning? Obviously, the Lord had already considered things done even before He spoke out and commend with authority the dead to come out!
Perfect tense is used to indicate three elements: experience from the past, change or/and continuation!
It is a fact that already has happened providing the experience, defining the change and in case an on going situation. We can use all three indications and still, we see that the Lord had considered all things done before done.
He hoped – in His case actually He did not even hope, as He knew – for things unseen. He knew that the Father always heard Him as He reconfirms so through His own words.
He believed in Lazarus’ resurrection. He just commended and the miracle took place as He knew that the Father hears and does.
Remember that He has heard you. Just wait upon Him if you have to!
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