Lazarus’ death was a turning point for Jesus ministry. He was quickly coming to the end of his time on earth and had to establish once and for all the purpose and validity of his ministry. As seen with other cases, he could have simply sent Mary and Martha back to Bethany to find their brother perfectly healthy He had done it with lepers, centurions and Jewish religious leaders. But, he knew this miracle was to be the one to end discussion among the disciples and believers on whether what he claimed was actual truth. So, Jesus painfully and peacefully waited for the time to be right.
The harsh reality of God’s plan is that only he knows the entire story. Things that seem senseless to us often make possible much greater accomplishments, simply because they have been allowed to happen as they should. It is important to note in these verses the reaction of the ones involved. On that note, remember that the Jewish religious leadership would see the same miracle as the rest, but their reaction would be notably different. Those who reject God’s message—well no number of miracles and confirmations will ever be sufficient to change their hardened heart.
The Spirit moves in those that would set aside their self absorption and independence to follow Christ–as he is and has always been. We who are in that number long for his freedom and redemption more than for control of our own destiny. It has been and is a matter of simple submission –to his leadership, as well as faith in his deity and love for us. Thanks Lord for leading me on this Amazing Journey
God Bless You
Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.”
4 When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” 5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6 So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days, 7 and then he said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.”
8 “But Rabbi,” they said, “a short while ago the Jews there tried to stone you, and yet you are going back?”
11 After he had said this, he went on to tell them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.”
12 His disciples replied, “Lord, if he sleeps, he will get better.” 13 Jesus had been speaking of his death, but his disciples thought he meant natural sleep.14 So then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead, 15 and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.”
16 Then Thomas (also known as Didymus[a]) said to the rest of the disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”