This week we’re going to wrap up our study of the Lazarus miracle. But before we do, carefully read or re-read the verse at the top. How do these words speak to you? Take a moment to ponder them…
In this verse, Jesus is speaking to Martha who was questioning His instructions to open up the tomb of her dead brother. Throughout the gospel of John we find the word believe, which is generally used regarding belief in Jesus as the promised Messiah and Savior and that He is God. But what about this instance? Was Martha doubting Jesus’ divinity? No! Ten verses earlier she declared Him to be “the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.” So then, why was Jesus chastising her for her unbelief? Let’s answer that by putting ourselves in Martha’s place.
“Now Jesus LOVED Martha and her sister and Lazarus. SO, when he heard that Lazarus was ill, he STAYED two days LONGER in the place where he was.”
Did you know that God loves you? And that His love for you surpasses that of all the people in your life—siblings, parents, friends, family, spouses—put together?! The psalmist said that as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him. And through our study of the gospel of John, we’ve seen God’s inexpressible love put into action. So this week as we begin chapter eleven, we’ll discover another example of Divine love, displayed in an exceedingly unexpected way.