L. A. Marzulli
John 12: 9 Much people of the Jews therefore knew that he was there: and they came not for Jesus’ sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom he had raised from the dead. But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death; Because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away, and believed on Jesus.
Most of us know this story. It is when Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead. I discussed this in-depth in The Cosmic Chess Match, as I believe it illustrates the battle between Jesus and the Fallen One while Jesus walked the earth.
I want to call your attention to what the chief priests are up to. They want to kill Lazarus. Why? Because he was a living witness to the power that Jesus displayed in raising him from the dead. Another reason is that Jesus threatened the chief priests power base. In other words who needs the chief priest to intercede with God when God himself is walking amongst men, healing them of all their disease and even raising some of them from the dead!
I bring this up because it is indicative of human nature. Nothing has changed in 2000 years as far as the religious mind-set that is fearful of loosing its power base.
I’ll never forget a mens retreat I was on years ago. I was the worship leader of a denomination that didn’t believe in the moving and gifts of the Holy Spirit. A group of men who were part of a rescue mission joined us for an evening service at the retreat. These men had hit the bottom and had been healed and restored by Jesus. They worshipped freely, extending their arms toward heaven, and some of them began to pray in tongues. As I closed with the last song, the men began to loudly praise the name of the Lord. Some wept and while others shouted out their thanksgiving. Their actions were infectious and soon the men from our church began to pour out praises to Jesus. I remember looking at the pastors face, who was perhaps 10 feet from me and he was fearful. He was like a fish out of water. He had never experienced this and was threatened by it.
The rest of the retreat was amazing as the men from our church got excited about the Lord and some of them began to move in the gifts of the spirit. We were excited by this REAL from of christianity, which was demonstrated in the 1st century and now, we were getting a taste of it. We wanted to take it back to the congregation. Sadly, the following Sunday, the pastor assumed his role of authority and quashed any attempt to move in the gifts. So ended a brief but snuffed out revival, killed by the chief priest!
The man held a doctorate in theology, had been a pastor for 20 years and yet when faced with the spirit of the living God, like the chief priests and Pharisees of old, acted in the same way, as he “killed” the move of the spirit.
In closing todays Bun. The Holy Spirit is alive and working today as there is no place in the Bible which tells us He’s packed up and left. The gifts of the spirit, like those which Jesus demonstrated are available on a case by case basis to the believer. All we need to do is ask Him. However, because of our unbelief most of us live under a brass heaven, and so we don’t see the power of the Holy Spirit manifest.
As most of you know we did not go to Chichen Itza because the spirit of the living God told us not to go! This was confirmed multiple times by pastors and mentors and many emails to Russ, Richard and myself. Yet there are those who deny the spirit moving today and like the Pharisees and Chief Priests they accuse me of scamming the public for money. This will be the last time I address this on the BLOG as I have already given an accounting of where the money went and how Power Places Tours did not and will not refund any of the money back to us, even though we didn’t go. Unfortunately, the religious spirit is still alive and well and seeks to kill any move of the spirit. However, greater is He who lives in me then he who lives in the world.