Giving Thanks in Advance

One of the most surprising things Christ Jesus ever did was to give thanks to God before raising Lazarus from the dead. After asking that the stone which sealed the tomb be taken away, and before the apparent miracle had been accomplished, the Master "lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me." John 11:41;

The procedure was so unusual that he apparently deemed it wise to offer an explanation for those who stood around, audibly saying to God, "I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me." Then, "he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth." Lazarus came forth, and Jesus said, "Loose him, and let him go."

Freedom from Fatigue
January 31, 1970

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