nraveled - Emotional Basket Case #3
Scripture: John 11:4
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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.”
This is a series entitled “Unraveled” we will let God develop something out of us. In doing so, we will rise above our circumstances, conditions, and questions that plague our Christian life many times.
I don’t want you to think of your life as an “Instance" but begin to think of it as an "Occasion." An "Occasion" takes planning, time to develop and ends up being a lot more beneficial than to just a few people.
Instance: It is an occurrence that takes place that people witness.
Occasion: Is planned, Deliberate, Not casual, Takes time, Has process, People are affected.
4 When Jesus got the message, he said, “This sickness is not fatal. It will become an occasion to show God’s glory by glorifying God’s Son.”
5-7 Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, but oddly, when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed on where he was for two more days. After the two days, he said to his disciples, “Let’s go back to Judea.” (MSG)
The love of God is not in question, and this an Occasion, not an Instance. If you do not settle, deep within your heart, the love of God, you’ll be emotionally unstable in all parts of your life.
Tina Turner had a hit song a released in 1984 entitled “What’s love got to do with it.”
What's love got to do, got to do with it What's love but a second-hand emotion What's love got to do, got to do with it Who needs a heart when a heart can be broken
These lyrics say a lot about how people view the topic of love in our culture. It is simply a second had emotion.
We need to understand the difference between “Emotion of Love” and contrast it to a “Covenant of Love.”
Like last week, everyone has a “Control Freak” in them; we all have times when Emotions get the best of us. (buying a car, dropping the kids off, feeling alone when you have people all around)
Emotion- comes from the French word emovoir - to stir up
The root word is "motion" to be moved to motion.
Moved to tears, moved to make a difference, moved to laughter
1. Emotions are great, but emotions were never meant to be decision-makers.
2. Emotions are beneficial because they add to the experience, but now all we want is emotional experiences.
3. Because we have let emotions move us, we have a mindset that they will move God.
Rather than approaching Jesus by faith, emotionally driven Christians want Jesus to come off his throne into our trouble.
Notice how the Control Freak ran out to meet Jesus but the “Emotional Basket Case” makes Jesus come to her.
20 So when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, but Mary remained seated in the house.
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.”
How long are we going to keep making Jesus come to us?
“Martha runs to meet him, but Mary stays in the house.” Many believers want to stay in their pity party waiting for “Jesus to come to the rescue.” He already came to your rescue!
When we live by emotions, we do not have faith; we just change weeping positions. Christians mistake movements of emotions for movements of faith.
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.
Notice Mary had movement, but nothing in her life changed.
Many Christians have a lot of movement; the problem is that it is all lateral/horizontal emotional moves instead of vertical faith moves.
Jesus knows, understands, and feels your pain. He will even cry with you during the moment. But when the crying is done, Jesus wants to know, "What’s next?"
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!”
Hebrews 4:15-16 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Jesus was there with Mary in the midst of her pain and emotion. He even joined her in the emotion, "Jesus wept."
But once the emotion is done, Jesus wants to know, "What's next?" Jesus will not wait for you forever while you cry.
Mary was moved by Jesus now; Mary does a movement by faith.
Six days before the Passover, Jesus therefore came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 So they gave a dinner for him there. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those reclining with him at table. 3 Mary therefore took a pound of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.
What is one instance in your life where Jesus has moved you? From there, move from emotion into fait