October 2, 2019 –
The story is in John, the eleventh chapter.
After being informed of His friend, Lazarus’ sickness, Jesus remained two more days where He was before going to Bethany, the home of Mary, her sister Martha, and Lazarus.
The Bible says, on the third day, Jesus told His disciples that Lazarus was dead. He then went to Bethany in Judea. The twelve expected they were on the way to Lazarus’s funeral. Upon arrival, they told Jesus that Lazarus died four days earlier.
One of Lazarus’ sisters, Martha, hurried to meet Jesus. Her first words to Jesus were, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother wouldn’t have died. Yet even now I know that whatever You ask from God, God will give you.” (vs. 21-22)
Mary, who had remained seated in the house, now arrives to meet Jesus and repeats the words of her sister.
They took Jesus to Lazarus cave tomb. Jesus said, “Remove the stone.” Martha in her practical way said, “Lord, he’s already decaying. It’s been four days.”
Upon Jesus’ command, the people who were standing by removed the stone from the grave. Then, Jesus prayed to His Father. Upon finishing His prayer, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out.” “And the dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with grave-clothes and his face muffled with a handkerchief. ‘Now unbind him,’ Jesus told them, and let him go home.” (v. 44)
Some people ask God for small everyday blessings and others don’t. Some see a funeral in every occasion and others see every occasion like a funeral. Don’t be like the disciples and expect ordinary things when God is ready to do a miracle.
When our expectations are exceeded, we see a miracle; God sees a demonstration of His love.