(1-16) The Death of Lazarus
When Jesus heard that Lazarus was sick, He said, “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.” If Jesus had rushed to heal Lazarus, a great miracle would have been worked. But God wanted to work an even greater miracle, and it is for this reason that He remained at the place He was for two days before going to Bethany – the village where Lazarus and his sisters, Mary and Martha, lived.
Jesus did not see Lazarus’ illness as one that would lead to death. He did not even think of Lazarus as dead. He thought of him as being asleep. And He was going to awaken him.
(17-27) I Am the Resurrection and the Life
Martha sort of blamed Jesus’ late arrival for Lazarus’ death; however, she also had complete faith that He was able to do something miraculous if He so chose to do so. Because she believed that Jesus was the Christ, she also believed that God would give His Son whatever He asked for. As believers, we should believe that God is able to do the impossible. We should also believe that as His sons and daughters, God will give us whatever we ask for, if what we ask for is in accordance with His will.
Jesus could confidently tell Martha, “Your brother will rise again,” because He Himself was the Resurrection. In Christ there is life, not death; light, not darkness. Death has no power over Christ, and it has no power over those who believe in Christ. For the believer, death is like an extended uninterrupted sleep. Even though we die, we know we shall live again. And when we live again, we shall never die.
Favorite verse: (23) Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”