Jesus IS unlimited

Sunday 14 September 2008 @ 11:44 AM

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
6 And God said, “Let there be an expanse between the waters…”
9 And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place…”
11 Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation…”
14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky…”
20 And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures…”
24 And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures…”
26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image…”

No doubt about it; God spoke the universe and every living thing into being.

But Jesus Christ (who IS God) “couldn’t” save Lazarus from dying?

John 11:38-44 Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb [of Lazarus]. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. “Take away the stone,” he said. “But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odour, for he has been there four days.” Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.” When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”

The miracles Christ performed on earth aren’t the fullness of his power, but an expression of the limitations of his power. His power isn’t that he could raise the dead – with one voice he was able to create the universe and everything in it, and is surely able to raise all the dead with a single command. Christ’s power is that he was able to constrain his immense ability to raise just one dead man.

Jesus is unlimited.