Here I see the care and compassion of my Master. It appeared somewhat callous to begin with. Lazarus is sick. Jesus intentionally delays going to see him. The disciples don’t understand at all what is going on.
Jesus knows what is going to happen. Jesus knows the power of God will raise Lazarus from the dead. Fasten your seat belts, it is going all go down in an amazing way.
After 4 days in the grave, Jesus is going to raise Lazarus from the dead. This will shock everyone. Many are going to believe Jesus because of this amazing show of the power of God.
To some extent, for many this will seal the whole deal. This will rock the world of everyone.
This is a stunning truth about Jesus. Jesus is my Master. Jesus is also my friend. Not because of anything I’ve done. It is all because of Jesus.
He said these things, and then announced, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep. I’m going to wake him up.”
The disciples said, “Master, if he’s gone to sleep, he’ll get a good rest and wake up feeling fine.” Jesus was talking about death, while his disciples thought he was talking about taking a nap.
Then Jesus became explicit: “Lazarus died. And I am glad for your sakes that I wasn’t there. You’re about to be given new grounds for believing. Now let’s go to him.” | John 11:11-15 (The Message Bible)
Consider this from the Amplified translation: “When Jesus saw Mary sobbing, and the Jews who had come with her also sobbing, He was deeply moved in spirit [to the point of anger at the sorrow caused by death] and was troubled.”
Jesus cares. Jesus cares more than I can comprehend.
I need to believe that good news. I need to treasure it deeply. I need to get it deep in my heart and soul.