When 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. So the chief priests made plans to put Lazarus to death as well, because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus.
John 12:9-11, ESV
What a story! Lazarus had been raised from the dead. When’s the last time someone you deeply cared about was buried, but brought back to life? An occurrence such as this in today’s society would cause much commotion. The media would probably stop all other broadcasts to capture the news. YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and all the social networking tools would be telling of the news.
Lazarus, once dead, but now lives. Some thought Jesus was a lunatic. This miracle convinced others of the claims of his deity. Still others questioned the legitimacy of Christ’s claims. One thing was for certain, those who heard of this news could not overlook the occurrence. And, yet more, those who witnessed Lazarus’s death and saw his resurrection could not help but respond.
There is a Righteous Disturbance when you and I experience this life-changing, dead-raising power of Christ. The disturbance happens personally and publicly. To disturb is to interrupt, to interfere with the arrangement of, or to disarrange.
Lazarus did not have his death and resurrection scheduled in on his Franklin Covey or DayRuner. What vision or dream in your life do you feel is dead? What promise of God have you stood on and feel that hope is lost? What area of your life do you find constant in battle and strife? It is only in death that we can begin to enter God’s rest.
Death puts an end to human ability. Death is final. It is absolute. Human efforts cannot change death. When we die to our fleshly self and surrender to God’s plan, only then do we truly enter rest. Lazarus had only one option for resurrection. His eternal life or return to natural life all depended on God’s sovereign plan. Your spiritual life, your financial needs, your family, your physical well being–all depend on God’s sovereign plan for existence. Find rest today that comes through spiritual death to self, and allow Christ’s resurrection life to interrupt and rearrange your agenda.
The Righteous Disturbance rearranged the plans of the family, the plans of the disciples, the plans of Christ’s followers, and the plans of the religious leaders. God chooses to display His Glory in raising dead things to life! Eternity will tell of those raised from spiritual death to life. God takes the sinful and displays His Glory by bringing new life.
Righteous Disturbances sort out the chosen from the party goers. Those who are His endure death to find rest in His life. Those looking for a thrill or a positive message won’t endure the message of death to self and reliance of God’s sovereign plan alone. Human efforts won’t work. A positive message and a thrilling word from Jesus wouldn’t suffice those around Lazarus’s tomb–only resurrection life would do.
Righteous Distubances clearly mark the religious from the righteous. Religious always have an opinion on how God should do things differently. They want to stop new life. The righteous are made to be more like Christ. The righteous are found to be rejoicing and enjoying divine fellowship in spite of turmoil.
There are Righteous Disturbances happening all around us today. False teachings, natural disasters, economic trouble, and more. All of these things are part of God’s sovereign plan to bring resurrection life to the righteous. He’s sorting and sifting. Today, find yourself in the place of rest–the place of death–and yielded completely to the plan of God. His promise is certain. New life is coming. Endure disturbance and you’ll find that God has arranged the pieces of your life to show forth His glory!