The Silent Witness

Last week I was at Slocomb First Baptist Church in Alabama, and I something that stood out of the message was the Silent Witness of the Gospel. Outside of Jesus, Lazarus is the only man we have known to have been physically raised from the dead. The crazy thing is that Lazarus never says one word. He is always quiet. You figure a guy raised from the dead would be screaming or yelling for help or something. Declaring the name of Jesus on every hilltop and Jewish temple.  But in every account Lazarus never speaks a word lets take a look back at the moments were Lazarus is mentioned.

38Then Jesus, deeply moved again, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. 39Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, by this time there will be an odor, for he has been dead four days.” 40Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?” 41So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42I knew that you always hear me, but I said this on account of the people standing around, that they may believe that you sent me.” 43When he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out.” 44The man who had died came out, his hands and feet bound with linen strips, and his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”  John 11:38-43

As we see Lazarus says nothing when he comes out, he is simply bound by the clothes that were put on him. The man is a silent witness to the power of Jesus. He says nothing, But because of that Jesus is glorified. Lazarus is a walking or sitting miracle. Lets take a look at the next mention.

1Six days before the Passover, Jesus therefore came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2So they gave a dinner for him there. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those reclining with him at the table.
John 12:1-2

9When the large crowd of the Jews learned that Jesus £ was there, they came, not only on account of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 10So the chief priests made plans to put Lazarus to death as well, 11because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus.
John 12:9-11

So here is a man raised from the dead, Jesus is sitting beside him and he is kicked back relaxing at the table. He is simply sitting there. Why you may ask, because his very physical prescience brings glory to the name of God. Looking at the verse 9-11. We see people are not only coming to see Jesus but to see Lazarus. Why because Jesus raised him from the dead. And what was happening many Jews were converting to following Christ. And because of that Lazarus was being targeted for persecution and death by the Jewish High Priests. So here is Lazarus, he says not one word in the Bible. He is just a person who there and stands as a silent witness to the power and greatness of God.

How often do we try to take glorifying God into our own hands. We throw our hands up in the air to the worship music, just to stand out when worshiping. Or do we get up and give some long testimony about what has happened in our life. Sometimes our silent testimony is more powerful then anything we can speak or sing. Our heartfelt silence and humbleness before a great, powerful, and merciful God. Standing to glorified him not by standing out but by simply being a silent witness to the glory of God.

Now I would like to say I have no problems with the way people worship or do testimonies. In fact I love them. But I’m saying sometimes we go overboard when we can be simply silent like Lazarus and God is glorified through it.

 

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About Jonathan Parrish

A man who fears and loves God in all that do, which is to bring him glory.
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