Monday, January 30, 2012

A Heart Full of Worship (Part 1)

John 12:1-11

As twelfth chapter of John opens we have a beautiful picture of what the Christian life ought to look like. In the first eleven verses we have three people brought before us. These three individuals had their lives completely change forever by the Lord Jesus. If we put the lessons that each one teaches us together, we have a real challenge for our own lives.

I learn three things from Lazarus, Martha and Mary. Lazarus represents a life that is in full enjoyment of the resurrecting power of Christ. The power that Paul desired to know about in Philippians 3:10. That same power that Paul prayed that those at Ephesus would come to know in their lives (Eph. 1:18-19). We might say Lazarus represents our witness. Martha represents our work that is done for Christ and accepted by Christ. Lastly, Mary represent our worship. Worship that flows from a heart occupied with Christ.

So I would like to look at these three people as a picture representing the Christian position and association with Christ and their exaltation and appreciation of Christ.

Our Position with Christ
At the end of chapter 11 we see Lazarus as a beautiful picture of one who has been raised from the dead, set free from the dead man cloths. He is a picture of what has happens to the lost sinner who comes to Christ.
  • We were dead in our trespasses and sins (Eph. 2:1-3).
  • We have been raised from that dead position (Jn. 5:24, Eph. 2:5)
  • We have been set free from the grave cloth (Col.3:1) and have been given liberty (Jn. 8:36).
  • We have been seated with Christ (Jn. 12:2, Eph. 2:6).
  • We enjoy fellowship with Him (1 Jn. 1:1-3).
  • We are now to be a testimony to others as Lazarus was (12:9-11).
  • Some will be against us just as in Lazarus's case (Jn.12:10).

Lazarus was enjoying what Christ had accomplished for him. He was in the good of it. The question for us is, are we in the good of the resurrecting power of Christ. This is the truth of the book of Ephesians. Are we living like those still dead or are we like Lazarus was for a brief moment, raised but still wrapped up with the dead man's cloths that restrict our walk, work, and worship. Lazarus could never have appreciated his raised position with those grave cloths on.

Our Association with Christ
Lazarus was sitting at that table associated with the One who raised him from the dead. Every born again believer has this same privilege. It speaks of our association based on our position. Look at Colossians 3:1-4. Notice how many times that little phrase "with Christ" is used. "In Christ" emphasizes our position, as seen in Ephesians and Colossians 1-2 over and over. But "with Christ" emphasizes our our association based on or that flows out of our position.

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