I wrote this the first year I was in Cairo…
As I was praying for Cairo, God gave me a revelation.
Cairo is very similar to Lazarus…
In John 11 Mary and Martha’s brother Lazarus is very ill. They approach Jesus telling him that the one he loves is sick. In verse 4 Jesus says, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” Profound, Jesus is already telling these sisters that God will be glorified through the situation.
God has already told us that He will be magnified in Cairo. This broken state that Cairo lies in is not for death (as some would say Cairo will not exist in 20 years) however, it is for the glory of God.
Lazarus was in the tomb for four days – dead and starting to smell. Dead. You hear that dead. Some would look at Cairo and say it is dead, hopeless, and unredeemable. Some would say these things about the town in which I reside. They said the same things about Lazarus when Jesus was “late” in coming to heal. What they had forgotten was that Jesus had all authority and power from the Father.
In John 11:34-36 we see the deep compassion and love that Jesus has for Lazarus. Jesus has this heart for Cairo. Many have turned away, have oppressed these precious ones in Cairo, but Jesus weeps over them in love.
Jesus asks them to move the stone so He can enter the tomb where Lazarus’ body lie. They complain telling Jesus that his body has already started to rot. The lack of faith so obvious in these statements. Jesus doesn’t care about the present state of the body, He sees the potential even. In John 11:40 Jesus tells Martha, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” How often to I hear Jesus whisper this in my ear? If only I would believe.
In a loud voice Jesus tells Lazarus to come forth. He speaks this to a dead body. He speaks this to a dead town. Lazarus rose, so will Little Egypt – Cairo.
I delight in knowing that Jesus has the power and authority to bring life into things that are dead.