Jesus was dear friends with Lazarus and his sisters, Mary and Martha. Lazarus became sick and his sisters sent word to Jesus. When Jesus heard, he replied, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son might be glorified thereby.” Jesus loved Lazarus, Mary and Martha. But when he heard Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was instead of rushing to see him. Two days later, Jesus told his disciples that he wanted to go to Jerusalem. His disciples warned Him that the Jews there were seeking to stone him to death. Jesus replied that Lazarus was sleeping and that he would go and wake him. His disciples thought that sleep was good for his restful recovery.
However, Jesus knew by word of knowledge that Lazarus had died and so he plainly said, “Lazarus is dead. And I am glad for your sake’s that I was not there, to the intent you may believe.” When Jesus came to Jerusalem, he found out Lazarus had already been dead four days. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him. She said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But I know, even now, whatsoever you ask of God, God will give it to you. Jesus replied, “Your brother shall rise again…I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.”
Mary thought he was talking about the resurrection in the last day. When Mary saw Jesus, she too said unto him,“Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. When Jesus saw Mary and the others who came with her weeping, he wept. This expression was recognized by others how deeply he loved Lazarus. They wondered why this man who opened the eyes of the blind did not come earlier to prevent Lazarus’ death.
Jesus was taken to the grave site, where a stone was placed front of it. He asked for the stone to be removed. Martha objected, saying, “By this time, he stinks because he’s been dead four days.” Jesus said if you will believe, you will see the glory of God. They removed the stone and Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me and I knew you hear me always but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe you have sent me.” Then he cried, “Lazarus, come forth”—and he did.
Sometimes we try orchestrate the ways of God. There is the will of God, but also the timing of God. We want answers to prayer and results right away and hate to wait, but it’s in the season of patient waiting where we discover faith. We don’t need to help God move things along. The purpose of God’s timing was to be glorified and to glorify the Son. Jesus had to deal with the threat of being stoned, Martha and Mary both saying, if He had been there, their brother would still be alive—and other surrounding emotions, a stone to be removed, and Lazarus who being dead four days now wreaked of an unbearable stench. Despite these obstacles, Jesus clearly knew both the will and timing of God. He stayed focused, and with compassion for his friends and confidence in his Father, he had the stone removed and cried for Lazarus to come back to life.
Jesus still is the resurrection and life to the things you thought were dead. God’s will and timing often has different perspective than the world’s view. Lift your eyes to heaven. Thank Him that he hears you and will navigate you through the obstacles and oppositions, and cause your passionate dreams to come back to life so that he is glorified. Roll away the stone that is blocking your comeback and command your “Lazarus” to come forth. He who is still the resurrection and life dwells in you to help you succeed and live out your destiny. (Narrative of John 11:1-44)