Lazaroo – Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Sep 30, 2009 I Lazaroo.

Pray the words of this Lazaroo aloud, in faith-filled trust:

“…the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives…
(2 Corinthians 1:5)

I desperately needed this reminder, Jesus.

It helps me understand what is going on right now in my life.

Following You is not an invitation to a picnic.

It’s a call to battle.

I’m not a pampered houseguest.

I’m an soldier.

The bullets are flying

and some of the them are hitting me.

The bombs are exploding

and some of their shrapnel is embedded in me.

They mocked You

cursed You
slapped You
punched You
lied about You
plotted against You
beat You with whips.

Who am I to think if they treated You like this

they won’t treat me the same way?

If it was necessary for You to learn obedience through what You suffered

how much more are suffering’s hard lessons required by me?

Grow me up, Jesus!

No matter what the cost.

Job 2:9-10; Matthew 10:21-25; Matthew 10:34-39; Matthew 26:66-67; Mark 15:15; Ephesians 6:11-18; Philippians 2:25; 2 Timothy 2:3-4; Philemon 1:2; Hebrews 5:7-9; 1 Peter 1:10-11; 1 Peter 4:1-2; 1 Peter 4:12-19

What is Lazaroo?

Take Me Deeper

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3 responses so far.

  1. Julie Moyes Says:

    Okay, my curiosity is satisfied now … thanks for your response!

  2. Steve Says:

    Great question, Julie! When I included this nugget of truth in today’s Lazaroo, I knew it would raise some eyebrows and send the serious Bible students among us straight to God’s Word.

    There is no question that the idea of Jesus having to “learn” anything – especially obedience! – is foreign to many of us, because it flies in the face of our “politically correct” view of Christ.

    One of the things I’m dedicated to do through Lazaroo is help us all discover who God really is, as revealed in His eternal, inerrant Word. It is vital that we separate our assumptions – and even our cherished but occasionally erroneous beliefs – from Who He actually Is.

    The answer to your excellent question is right there below today’s Lazaroo in the Scripture links I always provide for those wonderful Bereans among us (Acts 17:11) who want to be certain the wording of each day’s Lazaroo is Biblical – as well as for those who simply want to dig deeper.

    When you go to Hebrews 5:7-9, you will discover these stunning, but eyeopening words about our Jesus, whom we love and serve as our eternal God:

    “Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered.”

  3. Julie Moyes Says:

    I have to admit it never crossed my mind that Christ had to “learn” obedience. I know He chose obedience. When I think of learning, I think in terms of “falling short at some point” while on the path of the learning process. In Luke 22:42, he said, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” His willingness (or obedience) for the Father’s will was there. I realize that’s just one verse, however, I’ve always seen the life of Christ as a walking testimony of obedience to the Father. So what am I missing about Christ “learning” obedience? I’m curious?

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