John 11:8-16

John 11:8-16 has Jesus now deciding to head to where Lazarus and his family were. “Let’s go back to Judea.” Jesus had been notified that Lazarus was very sick, and his sisters Mary and Martha had asked Him to come.  But Jesus waited two days before deciding it was time to go there.  His disciples were not in favor.  “They said, Rabbi, you can’t do that. The Jews are out to kill you, and you’re going back?” Jesus could have raised Lazarus from a distance. But Jesus was willing to go to Judea and minister to Lazarus and his family, even though it was dangerous to go there. Jesus walked in the confidence of someone who really trusts God.  That’s the same way we need to walk as Christ Followers!

Why the fear?  Because the religious leaders want Jesus dead. But He is not concerned. “Jesus replied, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Anyone who walks in daylight doesn’t stumble because there’s plenty of light from the sun. Walking at night, he might very well stumble because he can’t see where he’s going.” Jesus’ disciples were shocked that He would return to the region of Judea when He was a wanted man there. But Jesus makes it clear that He still has work to do. His mission was more important than His safety, and He has a miracle to perform and one that is highly personal to Him.

Lazarus has died, and Jesus is going to change that. “He said these things, and then announced, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep. I’m going to wake him up.” Jesus knows exactly what is going to happen.  But His disciples don’t have a clue.  They thought Lazarus had merely gone to sleep. “The disciples said, “Master, if he’s gone to sleep, he’ll get a good rest and wake up feeling fine.” Jesus was talking about death, while his disciples thought he was talking about taking a nap”. This will be a major miracle and wake up for the disciples.  Not only was Lazarus dead, but has been for days.

So Jesus makes it crystal clear. “Then Jesus became explicit: “Lazarus died. And I am glad for your sakes that I wasn’t there. You’re about to be given new grounds for believing. Now let’s go to him.”  This is an object lesson in faith.  But it’s more than just about raising His friend from the dead.  It’s also dealing with fear of being killed by the religious leaders.  “That’s when Thomas, the one called the Twin, said to his companions, Come along. We might as well die with him.” Thomas is one who struggles with believing at times, but he was at the front of the pack when it came to being willing to face death alongside Jesus.  Thomas, like the other disciples, didn’t understand all that Jesus said or meant. But what he did know was enough to make him willing to die with and for Jesus.


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