March 3 – Chronological Life of Jesus Day 44
As we move into a new month and the story unfolds, today we see the plot start to thicken. But how exciting, all of this for God’s glory, so God’s Son may be glorified through it.
READ: John 11
There are all sorts of little interesting tidbits in this chapter today. We see in verse 2 John references Mary as the one who poured expensive perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair. Hmm, John must have known readers would be familiar with the story, because he doesn’t mention it in his gospel until chapter 12 verse 3. And did you know that the shortest sentence in the Bible resides here? Yep, verse 35: “Jesus wept”.
Okay, we read again in verse 5 how much love Jesus has for these three: Mary, Martha and Lazarus (his name meaning God is my help), whom we’ve read is very sick and dies before Jesus gets to him. In verse 4 obviously, Jesus was not saying that God would be glorified by Lazarus’ sickness, but rather, that God would be glorified by Lazarus’ healing and resurrection. John says the same thing in 2:11 and 9:3. Jesus is clearly shouting to all of us, the sisters, his disciples, and all who were around to see and hear, TRUST ME, I KNOW BEST! Right here, right now in his time, it came down to faith. Do you believe this? Lazarus has been dead (not just asleep), but stinky, smelly, decaying dead for four days (vs. 17). As we see here, even though Jesus loved Lazarus, he didn’t keep him from becoming sick. On the same token, there is no reason to think that sickness is an indication that Jesus doesn’t love us. Sometimes Jesus does allow us to suffer, so we can be made holy. His purpose for us is not that we should always be happy; again Jesus wants us to be holy. So Jesus’ main purpose is not to take away the pain of the sisters; it’s to increase the faith of the disciples (all of us for that matter). Just before the miracle in verse 40, Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” In this chapter, Jesus, glorified!
In verse 25, Jesus said to Martha, “’I AM the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die’”. Jesus says two things about himself. “I am” the one who raises dead people to life. He not only raises people from death to life; he is the person who does it. He also said, “I am” the life. He not only gives life; he is life. The life that he brings is eternal life. God himself is life and that life can never die. For me, this speaks volumes – this miracle is nothing compared to what is coming in the future. Death is an enemy that Jesus came to destroy (1 Corinthians 15:26), where, o death, is your sting (vs. 55)? Jesus died to rescue us from that fear (Hebrews 2:14-15).
In verse 33, Jesus saw Mary weeping and also the Jews; he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. So why the weeping? We know that Jesus is the most compassionate person, ever. It may have been because of the others weeping. Paul wrote that we should “weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15). Or perhaps Jesus wept for Lazarus because he knew he was going to have to return to this sinful world after spending four glorious days in paradise. Also, I don’t think that it would be too far off to say it’s a prediction of grieving he knew his friends will go through, losing him. This chapter has four predictions that I counted and possibly more. In verse 9, Jesus answered “Are there not twelve hours of daylight?” He knew, for him, on the “twelfth” hour it would be finished. We read in verse 41 that before this miracle and the miracle in Mark 9, Jesus prays. Here Jesus looked up and said, “’Father, I thank You that You have heard me. I knew that You always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that You sent me.’” Before his time is finished, Jesus will pray in the garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:36); by this time, praying for big things will not be foreign to his disciples. The fourth foreshadowing is in verses 49-53, “Then one of them, named Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, spoke up, ‘You know nothing at all! You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish.’ He did not say this on his own, but as high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation, and not only for that nation but also for the scattered children of God, to bring them together and make them one. So from that day on they plotted to take his life.” Jesus, to this day, uses people in authority for his glory. He will use them still in the days to come. What irony, all unbeknownst to them. For us though, he warns, “’he who has eyes to see, let him see, and he who has ears, let him hear’”.
On that great day, Jesus will call forth every dead body in the world from their tombs (John 5:28-29). How exciting for us to see Jesus warming up at Lazarus’ tomb!
I have heard Your Word. God, You are my help; let me put it into practice, and make me holy.
Father, thank You for hearing me when I come to You. Thank You for taking authority over death; I long for the day when I get to see Your beautiful face. This present suffering and all the glory, I will say what suffering and all the glory, all for Your glory!
In Your great name…Amen.
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