Four Days Late and Still On Time
But when Jesus heard it he said, “This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”
Ever had a moment when it seemed like God showed up a little late? Maybe you feel like that right now...
This past Thursday we talked about John 11. If you've never read this chapter, take a couple minutes to read it. In this bizarre story, Lazarus gets sick. His sisters tell Jesus about this sickness, but Jesus is a days journey away and shows up "late". When Jesus finally arrives, Lazarus has been dead four days. However, Jesus had a plan the entire time. When Jesus shows up on the scene, He raises Lazarus from the grave and many people believe in Him as the Son of God.
There is a lot to unpack in this chapter, and this is one of the reasons you should go read it. But here are few things we discovered:
1) Even when Jesus seems distant, He's still in control
Jesus was about a day's journey from Lazarus and his sisters when He got word that Lazarus was sick. When He finally shows up, Lazarus' sister tell Jesus, "...if only you had been here..." Ever said that to God? In their minds, Jesus had to be physically present to be in control. But the truth is that Jesus was in control the entire time.
2) Jesus' clock doesn't always line up with our comfort
At first, Jesus' timing did not make sense. In fact, His timing caused a lot of pain. Lazarus died, and a lot of people were hurting emotionally. Sometimes God's timing doesn't fit our schedule, and it causes a lot of discomfort. However, this story shows that Jesus was working out a plan for His glory. There was a glorious purpose in the pain.
3) Jesus is working in our waiting
When Lazarus and his sisters were waiting for Jesus to show up, I wonder what was going through their minds? Often times when we can't see or feel God's presence, we are led to believe that He isn't doing anything. However, this story proves this mindset wrong. Jesus was working throughout this entire story. Even when it appeared that He was doing nothing, He was working. He was working out the Master's plan.
4) Jesus is the hero
All throughout the story, Jesus is displayed as the hero. Even from the beginning, Jesus says that Lazarus' sickness is for God's glory. In the end, Jesus' authority, power, and glory is put on display for all too see. Lazarus comes back to life, and many others place their faith in Jesus.
Take some time to think about your life. No matter what is going on, will you trust in Jesus and His plan?