Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind,
John 11: 17-27
17 On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. 18 Now Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem, 19 and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother. 20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.
21 “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”
23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
24 Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”
25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
27 “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”
32When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, "LORD, if you had been here, my brother would not have died." 33When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. 34"Where have you laid him?" he asked. "Come and see, LORD," they replied. 35Jesus wept.
Now earlier in this chapter the first 4 verses in fact…Jesus gets word from Mary and Martha that their brother Lazarus is sick.
Jesus’ reaction may sound a bit cold or unfeeling when he said “this sickness will not end in death but will glorify God and then stays another 2 days. During this time, of course Lazarus dies.
I want to share something about human nature with you today: People are so similar in so many ways….for example. When Martha saw Jesus after her brother had died…she said had you been here earlier he wouldn’t have died. Not long after that her sister Mary came to Jesus and said …you guessed it…”Had you been here earlier he wouldn’t have died”
We want…no…we need someone to blame…or at least it seems that way doesn’t it? I must point out though that these two faithful women had tremendous faith in Christ and even their brother had died shared this sentiment…”I believe you are the Messiah the Son of God…come to save the world”
You see even when things don’t go the way we planned we can still say we serve the Messiah…the Son of God who came to save the world and they accepted the fact that they would see Lazarus again in the last day…oh…but Jesus had bigger plans for them and Lazarus didn’t he?
Something else I want to point out.
In verse 35 it simply says “Jesus Wept”
The fact that Jesus had compassion and felt their sorrow is amazing when you consider this: in just a few days they were going to:
• Try and convict Him unjustly in a series of late night trials
• They were going beat Him unmercifully
• They were going to nail Him to a cross and mock Him and make Him suffer like no man that had ever lived
• He was going to take the sin of the whole world on Himself
• His Father was going to turn His face away from His own Son because He couldn’t look upon sin
And yet…here he was…weeping for the family of someone whom He already knew He was going to bring back from the dead. Folks we have a Savior who is “all in” He never fought against the plan that had taken over 1400 years to complete.
I want you to notice one more thing here:
Inverses 39-43 Jesus said take where Lazarus is buried. He then said…” remove the stone” Martha said hey…we love him and all… but by this time he probably has a pretty bad odor.
But they removed the stone anyway.
Then Jesus said “Lazarus, come forth”!
And guess what? HE did!
Now this was at a cemetery and Jesus the Son of God was looking at the body of Lazarus and it was clear that he was there… just for Lazarus
So why did He call Lazarus by name?
I believe if He hadn’t everyone in the cemetery would have come back from the dead!
Here is the Son of God…100% man and 100% God who created the world from nothing and holds the power of life and death in His hand…all powerful and yet can focus all of that on one person…Lazarus!
Do you see my point? This incredible Savior who is everywhere, all seeing and all powerful can focus on one person….YOU….ME….whoever He sees fit.
Hallejuah…what a Savior!
“Some say it’s too simple. Well I say, if God loved you even before you were born and wants you to live with Him forever, why would He make it hard?”
If you don’t know Christ today as your Lord and Savior…why not say this prayer with me. “Lord Jesus…I know I am a sinner…forgive me of my sins and come into my heart and be Lord of life” Amen!
God Bless you for listening!