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John 11

John 11 is about the death of Lazarus. Jesus finds out that he is ill and tells his disciples that “This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it”.  So while the appearance is that Lazarus was sick and on the verge of death, it wasn’t really about that at all.  It was about the opportunity for God to be glorified.  Jesus was close to this family.  In fact, “Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus”.  He was a close family friend but “when he heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was”.

Why didn’t he respond more quickly?  You’d think that Jesus would have rushed to Lazarus’ side.  But it was part of allowing God to be glorified.  “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I go to awaken him”.  The disciples don’t understand, taking Jesus literally that Lazarus was asleep.  But in fact, Jesus was trying to tell them a very different thing.  “Lazarus has died, and for your sake I am glad that I was not there, so that you may believe”.  This is a teachable moment for Jesus and His disciples.  By waiting a couple days, there will be no question that Jesus is the Son of God.

Now when Jesus came, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days”.  Remember that Jesus waited two days before he began to move toward Bethany.  This was about making sure Lazarus would be good and dead before He got there.  Martha hears Jesus is coming and runs to meet Him.  She says “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died”.  She knew Jesus could have healed him.  But now that he’s dead, it’s a different thing.  Martha still believes and says “But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you”.  Real faith in Jesus and His ability to bring her brother back.

Jesus then tells us a promise that we can all cling to.  “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die”.  There is the promise of eternity.  We see the humanity of Jesus as both Martha and Mary talk about knowing that had Jesus been there, Lazarus would not have died.  “Jesus wept”.  There is the shortest verse in the Bible.  Jesus loved this family, and it moved Him deeply.   Then we see the power of Jesus in full view.  “Lazarus, come out”.  And that’s exactly what happened, four days after he was buried. Jesus is the Son of God who has the power to do whatever God’s plan is!

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