Journey Group Devotional, 10/30/15
In John 11:25 we see Jesus’ words to Martha:
I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die.
Imagine you’re standing outside your own brother’s tomb. You’re crying out to God and begging Him to move in your situation. Yet, nothing is happening. You did everything right, beginning with taking your problem directly to Jesus Himself. This is exactly what happened in John 11! Notice in verse 3:
So the sisters sent word to Jesus, Lord, the one You love is sick.
Imagine that once you laid your problem at Jesus feet He promised you He had it under control. We see that in verse 4:
When He heard this, Jesus said, This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.
In light of verse 4, notice what Jesus said in verses 14 and 15:
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.
So, let’s get this straight. Mary and Martha had sent for Jesus. He promised them it was under control. Then Jesus not only didn’t show up on time, but He was saying, I’m glad I wasn’t there to do anything about it.
You know that Mary and Martha were mad, hurt, sad, doomed, and blamed Jesus for their trouble. Notice Martha’s comments in verse 21:
Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.
We are just like Mary and Martha. Our society has taught us that when we don’t get exactly what we think we deserve, and when things don’t go exactly our way, someone is to blame for that. Religion has taught us to blame Jesus.
Let’s be honest, what is our Lazarus? The better question would be, what dead and hopeless situation do we face?
Lazarus died so that God could be glorified. Sometimes our own sin causes the dead situations in our lives. God has promised us that He will never leave us of forsake us. If we believe, the Holy Spirit lives inside of us. Jesus said He is the resurrection and the life. Apart from the power of the Holy Spirit, our dead situations will remain dead. Only the life Jesus offers can be sustained. We are nothing and can do nothing apart from Christ and His power.
It may be your marriage, your job, your finances, it may even be you; but Jesus is the resurrection and the life so we must allow Him to take control. It may not happen on our timetable, but we must trust that God is working all things together for our good and for His own glory.