Setting the Stage

CometoLife1As an Identity Christian, you've known for maybe quite some time that as long as you have two white parents, there's no question you were born with the Spirit of God, otherwise, you couldn't even see the kingdom of God. Though separating from non-whites is a wonderful beginning, to enter the kingdom of God in this life requires more than just being able to digest the sincere milk of the Word. If you haven't already recognized this, what would it take to convince you? Let us observe together the lengths Christ would go to, to teach His Disciples and others He loved, the essential importance of faith.

JOHN 11:1-3

1 Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.) 3 Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick.

Okay, so a man gets sick. This seems like just an everyday, normal thing; we all get a little 'under the weather' from time to time. Yet this says "a certain man was sick, named Lazarus", and his family is concerned. The thing is, it's no ordinary family- they knew Christ personally. More importantly, He knew them. Mary had previously "annointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair"- an unashamed display of worship and affection. On behalf of Lazarus, Christ's attention and presence are petitioned as "his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick." How will Christ respond, how should He respond in your view?

JOHN 11:4-6

4 When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby. 5 Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. 6 When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was.

As you will see, Christ's statement about "This sickness" having some kind of spiritual significance, goes completely over His Disciples' heads and is soon forgotten. But really, how can this be when it appears Christ isn't going to do anything as "he abode two days still in the same place where he was"? Oh, He supposedly "loved Martha, and her sister," even "Lazarus", so much. Yet He's not doing anything about his sickness or their request. He doesn't even see fit to show up, giving no indication that He even cares. Is this the way God is?! Does He sometimes just ignore our prayers? Obviously alot of our people think it so, as we do not linger long in our faith. How slow we are to judge our own hearts but how quickly we judge others, including God!

What we must learn and always remember is there is something more at stake than our feelings, our ideas, and even our theology- "the glory of God". We determine what we need or desire so we ask it of God. Then we want to set deadlines, time limits on God. You can imagine how they felt as they kept seeing poor Lazarus go down and Christ not showing up. "Where is He" they must have said, "We sent word to Him to come, doesn't He care?!" If we were honest, at one time or another, we've done the same thing. But there's more going on here than meets the eye.

Listen, we know Jesus loved all Israel in the sense that He died to forgive us of all of our sins, to reconcile us unto Himself. But when the Gospels specifically say Jesus loved somebody, that's something in a personal, experiential sense such as John His beloved Apostle who penned this Gospel. Do you want Jesus to love you in this close, intimate way? Then you should trust Him more. We should also be open to Him setting the stage for something great.

Now we all know this story and that what they are going to have to go thru isn't going to be ordinary or easy. We cannot know for sure, but later it will appear Martha is pretty upset when Christ finally does show up, way too late of course to do anything (from her perspective). Meanwhile, Mary responds by falling headlong at His feet with a broken heart. One might wonder though, how could Jesus love them so much that He would put them thru this? BECAUSE IT WAS NECESSARY TO DIRECTLY INVOLVE THEM IN ORDER TO SET THE STAGE FOR A MIRACLE. What this family is about to go thru and experience is going to be more than worth it in the end. Here we are two thousand years later and we still marvel at this event. CHRIST STILL LOVES PEOPLE LIKE THIS TODAY AND HE WANTS US TO BE OPEN TO THIS KIND OF THING. This will become more apparent as this narrative continues.

So the next time we find ourselves in the midst of all of our blustering over what God hasn't done for us yet, let's remind ourselves of this as HIS DELAY WAS TO SET THE STAGE FOR SOMETHING SPECIAL TO OCCUR IN THEIR MIDST. Notice, He even told His Disciples ahead of time what was going to happen concerning Lazarus: "This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby." Oh He heard their request, but He had bigger plans than just healing Lazarus of his sickness. We think we know what we want God to do in our situation, but God may have much bigger plans. FOR GOD IS IN THE BUSINESS OF GETTING HIMSELF THE MOST GLORY.

Though they felt their need was urgent, He chose not to move; He remained "still". Now let's be honest, this seems a bit confusing. For if He knew Lazarus was sick and loved his family so much, how come He just sat around for two whole days, making them wait?! They knew He had the power to do something and that He loved them, so what's the hold up?! IT'S JUST THAT GOD DOES EVERYTHING BASED UPON HIS OWN TIME TABLE, though to us it may appear to be the opposite of what we think He should be doing. There is a greater purpose involved in this besides Lazarus' health: THE ATTENTION THIS WILL BRING TO THE POWER AND GLORY OF GOD. The stage is being set.

Of course, Christ could've went ahead and healed him, no problem. BUT HE'S GOING TO MAKE THEM WAIT A LITTLE LONGER SO GOD CAN GET THE MOST GLORY OUT OF THE SITUATION. In order to set the stage, sometimes we must endure more than what we expected and wait a little longer. Sometimes there ends up being a little more road even after we think we've already reached the end. Sometimes it may be a little longer, even after we may feel like time should have already ran out. At this point though there was nothing they could do, they were completely helpless, and that was God's plan. IMPOSSIBLE SITUATIONS SET THE STAGE FOR GOD'S INTERVENTION. So if you ever wind up here, remember this family and that God is setting the stage. By the time this all shakes out they'll have no choice, being all in, but at this point, they have no idea.

JOHN 11:7-8

7 Then after that saith he to his disciples, Let us go into Judaea again. 8 His disciples say unto him, Master, the Jews of late sought to stone thee; and goest thou thither again?

"You've got to be kidding me, He wants us to do what?!" Just as soon as they may have thought things were settling down from the last time they were in Judaea (where He was recently accused of blaphemy and nearly stoned) Christ wants to return to Judaea (John 10:22-42). This was the last thing they wanted to hear and the last thing they wanted to do. LITTLE DID THEY KNOW, IT WAS TO PLACE THEM FRONT AND CENTER TO WITNESSING A GREAT MIRACLE. Where are you willing to go, what are you willing go thru in order to be a part of something great for God?

Remember, these were "his disciples"; His selected followers. As an Identity Christian, don't you consider yourself one of His selected followers today? If you truly believe the message of Dual Seedline Christian Identity, you should. Yet why does it seem some suddenly want to fight so hard against God's people walking by faith?! Don't give into scare tactics and straw man arguments, come to life in light of this great truth we have received!

Christ is directing them to step on the scene of something great and all they can focus on are the jews. He tells them they are going "into Judaea again". The atmosphere toward them and Christ couldn't have simmered down too much since they were previously there. Yet it made no difference to Christ because He was putting their attention where it belonged- on the glory of God. Christ wanted to show God's power in the midst of His enemies for those of His people who doubted to build their faith.

Yet these immature Disciples still wondered, "Why are we going back?!" Because this was Christ's next step to continue to set the stage. WE MUST BE WILLING TO FACE OUR GREATEST FEARS BEFORE WE WILL TRULY BELIEVE. Remember these "Jews" were those who geographically lived in Judaea, Edomites and Israelites. Like today, there were plenty of our people who did not recognize the true Messiah because of judaized religion. The Pharisees were seperatists, which had formulated their own religion from the Bible. Yet despite the many miracles Christ had already done which were reported to them, they did not have faith and denied Him. Even His Disciples thought they needed to remind Christ of something He didn't know. What we see here, on all sides is fear and the lack of faith, while Christ continues to set the stage. Which side of this would you place yourself, if you were there?

Before they will see this miracle, which will outshine anything they've ever imagined, Christ was challenging them to overcome their fear. They may not understand right now, but once this comes to pass, they will look back and recognize why they shouldn't have reacted with such fear. FEAR IS WHAT MAKES US ALL QUESTION GOD. Fear is also what makes us think living by faith must be for someone else.

What do you fear the most? Only thru living by faith can we prove we fear God more than anything else. Do you care more about what people think or entering the kingdom of God? Those who live in fear will even try to use the Scriptures to explain away why we shouldn't live by faith. We have been programmed to be a bunch of confused, fearful cowards when it comes to faith and spiritual things. One of the main reasons we're not seeing God's powerful hand thru healings, miracles, and His divine intervention in our day is because we're not willing to face our greatest fears. HUMBLE YOURSELF UNDER THE MIGHTY HAND OF GOD AND HE WILL LIFT YOU UP!

JOHN 11:9-10

9 Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world. 10 But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him.

Why all of the sudden does He jump into this? Because again, the last time they were in Judaea, they stumbled at Him big time, wanting to stone Him. Why did they stumble? Because they did not believe in Him and the mighty works He performed which threatened the authority of their dogma. We certainly need to have the right beliefs about race, salvation, the Person of God, and so on from the Scriptures. But that was not meant to be something which excludes our responsibility to live by faith in Christ or wanting to have a more abundant life which He has promised to those who will trust Him. Those who think it's all about following belief systems and formulated dogmas stumble the most at walking by faith, as it just doesn't fit in the little box they've constructed for God and all of their followers. Christ is saying it's time to come to life by following Him, to shine forth by "walking in the day", complimenting the truths we stand for in His radiating glory.

This idea Christ uses here of walking is in reference to those who understand we can begin entry into the kingdom of God in this life. Entering the strait gate, walking the narrow way which leads unto life is not walking in the night, constantly dwelling on non-whites and having little or no expectation of our people ever waking up. The way which leads to life and entrance into the kingdom of God is a way of life and light, walking in the day that the Lord has made and rejoicing in it!

Christ said, "Are there not twelve hours in the day?"- how much time do we need to get our act together for God?! When we're not afraid and are willing to believe, we are walking "in the day". When we refuse to believe and are full of fear, we are walking "in the night", outside of this "twelve hours in the day" or the opportunities God provides. GOD DOES NOT LEAD US BY FEAR, ONLY FAITH. Christ knew it would take faith to get them to go back into Judaea. But first they must overcome their fear.

'Back to the other side of this, the aspect of stumbling. According to this, what is it that either causes or prevents us from stumbling? Whether we choose to walk in the night or in the day. He has told them they are going back into Judaea. The only way they can enter into 'the theatre', of seeing "the light of this world" through this miracle, is if they will trust Him by not being afraid of those who deny His power. IF WE DO NOT STAND UP IN FAITH IN THE MIDST OF THOSE WHO DENY HIS POWER, WE WILL REMAIN ONE OF THEM. Sometimes it can be difficult to tell the sheep from the goats. One thing's for sure though, if one walks fearlessly in faith, it is undeniable they are one of His!

TO "WALK IN THE DAY" IS A LIFESTYLE OF LOOKING FOR OPPORTUNITIES GOD PROVIDES BY FAITH. The longer life goes on, the more we tend to see this life with less optimism, we begin walking "in the night". Putting our relationship to Christ all on dogma leads to a one dimensional perspective along with all the arguing, complaining, and pointing fingers at others, while squandering any opportunity we have for God to do great things in our lives. Fear and frustration plague the minds of those who do not "walk in the day", while "the light of this world" is wanting to shine thru us from within by faith. You no longer need to "walk in the night" leaving your loved ones in the dark. Begin to "walk in the day" that all may see "the light of this world" in you. You don't have to stumble in the night of your past or the unknown of the future any longer; walk in the day by faith in the NOW- COME TO LIFE.

Christ's instruction to "walk in the day" is about optimism, opportunities, and the potential for great faith which dwells inside you. We can continue like most everyone else to "walk in the night" always finding plenty of excuses to settle and not step out in faith. Or we can seek to live so others "seeth the light of this world" from our inner man, finding something we can do for our people. WE CAN WALK IN THE DAY LEADING TO THE STAGE GOD HAS SET FOR HIS GREATEST MIRACLES! Walking in the day is about having clarity and peace, not stumbling around like some drunk in the night. Christ is teaching how our approach to the Christian life can determine how far we will go in reaching our fullest potential for His glory.

YOUR FEAR IS WHAT'S KEEPING YOU FROM BELIEVING. With the condition of our race in this world today, it's high time Christians stop doubting the power of God. If you've been made well aware of the evil which exists around us, be careful not to dwell on it to where you're walking in the night, living all bound up in anger and fear. This is what causes us to stumble, making us wonder if this is all the Christian life is really about. Repent by coming to life in your faith toward your people in your daily life. Those who profess to be Christians who are secretly walking in the night, sooner or later they will stumble one too many times and it will become evident to those who are walking in the day. Don't let this happen to you, too.

Think about it, these Disciples had Christ bodily walking right with them, yet they were still walking in the night. BUT LATER, IN THE BOOK OF ACTS, THEY BEGIN WALKING IN THE LIGHT AND BOY DID THEY EVER COME TO LIFE! It's time for God's people to come to life in our faith. Walking in the day is reflecting the light of this world so that our people can see His glory. GOD WANTS MORE THAN JUST SYSTEMS OF BELIEF. HE WANTS BELIEVERS WHO WILL WALK IN THE POWER OF CHRIST AS DOERS OF HIS WORD. You have nothing to fear or be ashamed of. Your Father owns it all and it's time for us to occupy in the power of the Spirit of God. Step out of the night into the light of a new day and see what happens.

JOHN 11:11-12

11 These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep. 12 Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well.

How many times have we skimmed over something Christ said and completely missed the meaning? The Disciples were doing this by assuming Lazarus was okay since after all, Christ said he was only sleeping. If they'd only get their minds off of the jews long enough to realize what was really going on. For if Lazarus was only asleep, then why would Christ be wanting them to risk everything (in their minds) just to go wake him up? Couldn't someone else, who is already there (his sisters for instance), wake him up? But they missed it. It's necessary when Christ speaks, to find the deeper meaning. Let's refuse to no longer miss out on what Christ is saying and doing.

CHRIST ISN'T SAYING ALL OF THIS BECAUSE WE WANTS TO WAKE UP LAZARUS- BUT HIS DISCIPLES. We must come to life in regards to the spiritual aspect of the Scriptures, specifically the words of Christ. If we never see the need to look deeper, to want to take to heart everything Christ says, we will allow others to talk us out of believing in His power, by explaining the power of His words away. We should never expect to be a part of anything supernatural if we are so easily persuaded to minimize the words of Christ, especially when it comes to faith and the Spirit.

Just like we wouldn't stop until we knew the meaning of all the Scriptures that had to do with race, we need to seek to understand the spiritual side of His Word with even greater tenacity. Get in the habit of looking closer at what Christ is saying, especially if at first it doesn't seem to make any sense. The Disciples accepted that Lazarus was sick and now he was getting some rest. But they were so focused on the jews, they were missing out on something much bigger. Their focus needed to be on understanding the spiritual meaning of what Christ was teaching and so does ours.

Christ was speaking to them (as He often did) in that mysterious, cryptic way that doesn't really make any sense when perceived in a logical way. At face value Lazarus was just sick and now he's asleep. If this was all it was, then why would the sisters send word to Christ and why would He mention needing to go wake Him up? Yet it was more comfortable for the Disciples to kid themselves into thinking that's what He meant. This shows how casually our carnal mind dismisses the spiritual aspect of the Scriptures, downplaying the necessity of faith. "Ah Lazarus will be alright, he may even wake up on his own." Through Christ presenting it to them this way and by their response, it reveals to us how dull spiritually we can be. WE COME TO LIFE THRU CHRIST'S WORDS. We must prevent our minds from always gravitating toward fear and carnal reasoning.

ULTIMATELY WE HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR BECAUSE A WHITE MAN CANNOT DIE. As we see from Christ's words, to God, even when a white man's physical body dies it's as if he's only fallen asleep. Plus not only does this illustrate we are invincible spiritual beings, but that resurrection just isn't that difficult for Almighty God to perform. We must therefore seek to come to life within the spiritual aspect of our daily lives. Because we have "twelve hours in the day", there are so many opportunities to be a part of God's mighty work. Once this age is over, faith will become sight and "the day" to believe will be over.

JOHN 11:13

13 Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep.

Now we get to the explanation. This is where most, if not all of Christianity is today, even most in Christian Identity. We must stop settling for one-dimensional Christianity and realize there is a spiritual, supernatural element to this we can no longer afford to deny, no matter how much others try to minimize and explain it away. We have much to learn when it comes to the things of the Spirit. IT IS TIME FOR THOSE WHO ARE NO LONGER AFRAID, TO STOP SETTLING FOR MEDIOCRITY.

JOHN 11:14

14 Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.

So after telling them Lazarus was asleep and they just didn't get it, He tells "them plainly, Lazarus is dead." At this point you would think the light would have come on and the Disciples would have gotten so excited, but they didn't. They were so preoccuppied by the jews that they had already forgotten what He previously stated about Lazarus' sickness; do you remember? Christ stated: "This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby." WE WILL CONTINUE TO DO THIS SAME KIND OF THING WITH THE WHOLE SCRIPTURES UNTIL WE COME TO LIFE IN OUR FAITH.

From even a ministry standpoint, Lazarus dying could have been perceived as a complete and total failure on the part of Christ, even by His Disciples and especially this family, He was supposed to love so much. For He had known for two whole days of his condition, yet He sat there and did nothing. In fact, the Disciples may have felt really let down, thinking He meant to confuse them by saying Lazarus was asleep, while speaking of them having to risk their lives by going back into Judaea. 'What an emotional rollercoaster it can be for those who try to follow Christ who are still prone to fear and doubt. YET LITTLE DID THEY KNOW THE STAGE WAS NOW SET FOR A GREAT MIRACLE TO OCCUR. The only way we can 'get ahead of the game' is to open our hearts to faith and to discipline our minds to grasp what Christ is saying. NOW'S THE TIME TO COME TO LIFE TO THE POTENTIAL OF GOD'S DIVINE INTERVENTION.

REFLECTION

Before Lazarus would come forth, Christ was at work bringing to life the faith of His witnesses. The time has come for us to refrain from all of our doubts and fears, becoming more balanced and better prepared as believers in the days ahead.