Have you ever read a well-known Scripture,
thinking you had mined all the gems of Truth buried in it
only to have “AHA!” moment
where you realized you had missed oh, so much of what was there?
That has been my recent experience
with the account of the raising of Jesus’ dear friend Lazarus,
found in the 11th chapter of the Gospel of John.
Jesus appeared to be
an adopted member of the family of Lazarus
and his two unmarried sisters,
Mary and Martha.
Their home in Bethany was a place
where He could
kick off His sandals and rest;
a place of food,
… a place to retreat
from literally bearing the weight of the world
on His shoulders.
The three siblings were devoted to His teachings,
but they were also committed to HIM,
Lazarus became gravely ill
and the sisters sent word for Jesus to come.
They said, “Lord, the one you love is sick.”
In other words this is not
some crazy demoniac,
an unknown leper in a crowd…
…this is Lazarus,
your dear friend,
And they both knew
this would be easy
for Jesus to take care of.
He would arrive
and simply a word
and their brother,
would be healed.
Except Jesus didn’t come
…and their brother died.
My friend, Pastor Ken Hutcherson says,
“Love often waits…
He let two sisters lose a brother,
He let a brother lose his life…
and they all three ended up finding out the difficult lesson
of what it means to let God love you.
They would not have learned the lesson
any other way.”
For what has God made you wait
until you thought your heart would break?
For what are you waiting now,
either for yourself or dear l