The Hidden Lesson in Jesus and Lazarus’ Story: Doing What We Can Do

So I’m going to keep this short, because short is good. Jesus told short stories, and I love that.

Short is powerful.

Maybe you know the Lazarus story already? Jesus raises him from the dead in John 11. Think about that: Lazarus has no blood flow. His brain is done. His organs are already disorganized. Decay has set in. He stinks. He’s a goner.

Jesus, however, can raise him from the dead. Do you realize how remarkable that is?

There’s a weird part of the story, though, that doesn’t get much attention: Jesus tells the people there to move the stone that’s blocking where Lazarus’ body is laying. And they do it, and Lazarus comes walking out.

A friend of mine just told me to think about this: What’s harder, bringing a dead body to life, or moving a stone? Couldn’t Jesus have moved the stone?

Of course, he could. But he told people to do it.

Jesus tells us to do what we can do. It matters.

And if we do what we can do, He will do what we could never do.

Brant Hansen
Morning Show Host, STAR 99.1

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  1. Linda Maiorana on April 6, 2023 at 8:06 am

    Food for thought!

    • Brant Hansen on April 8, 2023 at 8:04 am

      Hope it’s helpful! Thanks for reading, Linda.

  2. Kristen k Artale on April 6, 2023 at 8:11 am

    Thank you for this message!!! I needed to hear this today!!

    • Brant Hansen on April 8, 2023 at 8:04 am

      You’re welcome, Kristen!

  3. Dominick Regina on April 6, 2023 at 8:25 am

    Great word Brant!

    • Brant Hansen on April 8, 2023 at 8:05 am

      Thank you, Dominick! Honored you read it.

  4. Loretta Nash on April 6, 2023 at 8:28 am

    Brant I love ur show Both of u are awesome The words pick me up when I most need it and the best iOS ur alittle NUTS and so am I Loretta from the Jersey shore

    • Brant Hansen on April 8, 2023 at 8:01 am

      Honored, Loretta! And yes, I am a little nuts. Happy to have you join us. 🙂

  5. Edy (as in "Edy's Ice Cream!") Toussaint on April 6, 2023 at 9:13 am

    So Great!!!!!!!! Thank You!!!!!!

    • Brant Hansen on April 8, 2023 at 8:02 am

      Thank you, Edy!

  6. Arlene B. Muller on April 6, 2023 at 9:52 am

    YES, Our LORD can do ANYTHING! Yet He calls us to take part in His work by doing what we can do. He is perfectly capable of doing it all Himself without needing anyone else on earth. Buy He CHOOSES to ask us to do our part, even if it is something very simple & little & sometimes it us something bigger. It’s a PRIVILEGE to be called upon by the LORD to do our part!

    • Brant Hansen on April 8, 2023 at 8:03 am

      Indeed. Truly an honor to be part of what He is doing in the world.

  7. Bernadette Opczynski on April 6, 2023 at 11:16 am

    Your version of Lazarus being raised from the dead as only you can tell it Brant.Yes brain is dead no pulse organs gone and yes Jesus does the most amazing thing hard to comprehend so we have to Believe. How the others witnessed this in real time.

    • Brant Hansen on April 8, 2023 at 8:03 am

      Yes, maybe they were like, “You need US to help…?”

  8. Barbara Stewart on April 7, 2023 at 3:29 am

    Short and precisely simple
    Brant, but unfortunately simple is not always simple. When the mind meets the heart, and it is carried out, oh how sweet it is…

  9. Glenda Moore on April 7, 2023 at 8:42 pm

    Such a vitally important perspective, often overlooked. Reminds me to look for the piece that God can use me to do, in all of His parables. Thank you

  10. Brant Hansen on April 8, 2023 at 8:03 am

    Thank you, Dominick!

  11. Marilyn Hansen on April 10, 2023 at 11:39 am

    Thank you for this! I try to remember that whatever I cannot do, Jesus will always step in. Miracles are possible.
    Hey, are we related??? LOL

  12. Fortune Coratti on April 10, 2023 at 12:36 pm

    Amen that brother amen! So many lessons to be learned from God’s word.
    Thank you for sharing that!