“It is for God’s Glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” John 11:4

As we continue our study of the Gospel of John, we pick up at verse one of chapter 11.  Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the Apostle wrote:

“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.”
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.
Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So when He heard that Lazarus was sick, He stayed where He was two more days, and then He said to His disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.” John 11: 1-7
The Pharisees had tried to kill Jesus the last time He was in Judea when He told them that “He, and the Father were One.” (John 10:30)   They would not believe Him, and accused Him of blasphemy.  But many people did believe Him, so they needed to kill Him to remove that voice that was disrupting their power with a new message using blasphemy as an excuse.   However, God had something very special planned for them.  He was going to show them a miracle like they had never seen before to bring glory to His Son, – to see if they would accept Him if there was no doubt as to who He was.  Here is how He did it:
A very special friend of Jesus, Lazarus, became ill, so his sisters sent for Jesus.  They had seen Jesus heal people many times, and knew He could, and knew He would.  The Lord loved this family, and spent time with them when He came to Jerusalem, so they knew how much He loved Lazarus. (They lived about 2 miles from Jerusalem.)  But Jesus did not come right away.  He waited for two days for a very specific reason – a reason not known to the family.  So why did He not come right away?  It was not time.
Timing is always in God’s hands.  We have no control over it and peace comes when we learn to respect it.  When we call upon the Lord, as Mary and Martha did, we wait upon Him.  We know that He is Sovereign, and sees things we do not see, and knows things we do not know.  We wait and take comfort in the Word that says :  “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28.)  Let us trust our Lord’s timing.  Let us trust His Love.   In the end, things always work for the good of those who love Him.  His timing is always perfect.  There is always purpose.

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