1A man named Lazarus was sick. He lived in Bethany with his sisters, Mary and Martha. 2This is the Mary who later poured the expensive perfume on the Lord’s feet and wiped them with her hair. Her brother, Lazarus, was sick. 3So the two sisters sent a message to Jesus telling him, “Lord, your dear friend is very sick.”4But when Jesus heard about it he said, “Lazarus’s sickness will not end in death. No, it happened for the glory of God so that the Son of God will receive glory from this.” 5So although Jesus loved Martha, Mary, and Lazarus, 6he stayed where he was for the next two days. 7Finally, he said to his disciples, “Let’s go back to Judea.”
After hearing that one of his close friends was sick why would Jesus decide to wait for two days before leaving the place he was at? He says that Lazarus will not end in death but when he arrived Lazarus was already placed and sealed in a tomb. I’m sure as a lot of us have experienced death of a close one we can empathize with Martha and Mary having lossed their brother. Imagine how they felt knowing that Jesus could have saved him had he only come quicker. Remember Jesus, was sent to show us Gods glory and he did this through teachings and miracle so that we might see how little we understand of the ways of God. God wants us to look through his eyes and see through him so that we can see how he wants us to trust in him.
But some said, “This man healed a blind man. Couldn’t he have kept Lazarus from dying?” Yes he could have saved Lazarus but he waited to ensure Lazarus’s death before his arrival. If any of us were in Martha and Mary’s place we might have said why has Jesus done this. Looking through the eyes of the world and not understanding Gods plan. I can imagine myself being very angry with Jesus because of my limited thinking, but God wanted to show us just how flawed our thinking is and that trusting in him means letting it all go,
God wanted to use Lazarus’ death to show us that he is capable and trustworthy no matter what the situation. He also wanted to show us that we cannot begin to understand his plan and that we need to trust him and lean on him for everything and he will take care of us as he did Lazarus.
So when you are in that trial or tribulation remember to lean on God and trust in him to bring you out of everything. When we do that we will learn to see through his eyes and our outlook on things will change us from the inside so we can be imitators of Christ and be examples to others around us.
When Jesus did finally show up Lazarus was already dead four days, he commanded that the tomb be opened. At this point Jesus was angry because of the lack of faith and belief shown by his close friends that he would take care of them. So God used the situation to show exactly how we can limit His power by how we look at things around us. The following verses was how God made his point to those around him. Believe in Him for all things and do not lean on what you know and you will see what is possible with God.
38Jesus was still angry as he arrived at the tomb, a cave with a stone rolled across its entrance. 39“Roll the stone aside,” Jesus told them.But Martha, the dead man’s sister, protested, “Lord, he has been dead for four days. The smell will be terrible.”40Jesus responded, “Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believe?” 41So they rolled the stone aside. Then Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, thank you for hearing me. 42You always hear me, but I said it out loud for the sake of all these people standing here, so that they will believe you sent me.” 43Then Jesus shouted, “Lazarus, come out!” 44And the dead man came out, his hands and feet bound in graveclothes, his face wrapped in a headcloth. Jesus told them, “Unwrap him and let him go!”