May 30, 2018
“So then he told them plainly, ‘Lazarus is dead, and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.’” – John 11:14-15
In John 11, we see some very strange actions from Jesus. He is told that his very close personal friend, Lazarus, has fallen seriously ill. The friends and family request for Jesus to come heal him. But Jesus does not go; he simply remains where he is. Because of this, Lazarus dies. But even more shocking is Jesus’ response to Lazarus’ death. He tells his disciples, “Lazarus is dead, and I am glad.” What is going on here?!
Jesus knew his plan and was intentionally accomplishing something greater. This is one of the most famous stories in all of Scripture. Jesus goes and raises Lazarus from the dead. But even with that being said, how can he be “glad” about what happened? He was glad for his disciples, because he knew this situation would strengthen their faith. You see, God is much more concerned about our growth in faith and deepening our relationship with Him than he is concerned with our comfort or temporary happiness. And, as we mature in Christ, this begins to be our greatest desire as well.
Loving Heavenly Father, please help us to see that all things, including hurt and sorrow, work for our good. And help us to desire the greater gifts of mature faith in You and intimacy with You above riches, comfort, or any other earthly desire.
In Christ’s Service,
Pastor Shane Cannon