Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair. So the sisters sent word to Jesus, "Lord, the one you love is sick." John 11:1-3What terrible news! Lazarus was so ill that his sisters sent others to relay the message to Jesus.
Lazarus along with his two sisters, Mary and Martha, had a close relationship with Jesus. The Bible indicates that he spent time in their home which was situated about two miles from Jerusalem. In Matthew 21:17 we learn that Jesus would stay in Bethany where they lived when he was in the Jerusalem area. This close relationship is confirmed since the message from the sisters says "Lord, the one you love is sick."
What would you do if a close friend's family sent word to you that your friend was seriously ill? What would you do it you had what that friend needed to recover... guaranteed? I know what I would do. I would drop everything and head for my friend's house. What did Jesus do? Well, the Bible says
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." Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. Yet when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days.
Jesus does eventually arrive in Bethany. Lazarus has been dead for four days. An amazing miracle takes place. Lazarus is resurrected from the dead! While healing Lazarus of his illness would have been a wonderful miracle in itself, I don't think anyone would deny that a far greater, more powerful miracle took place because Jesus responded in His time rather than Mary, Martha and Lazarus' time.
This is just something to think about. Do we want things done our way or God's way?
Yielding to God's will is not just in the obvious things, but just as much so in the intangibles such as timing. We always want what we want when we want it, but that is simply not going to be God's will many (most of the) times.
Thanks for the reminder.
Unlike our timing, God's is always perfect! Praise God for his faithfulness and for faithful friends.kbird