How far do we trust Jesus?
This is possibly the most amazing of all Jesus’s miracles. He went to the tomb where Lazarus had been dead for 4 days and, normally, would already have begun to decay and smell. Jesus had deliberately waited for a couple of days because he wanted there to be no doubt about what was happening so that his disciples would have a real chance to put their faith in him. He declared that Lazarus’s sickness wasn’t ultimately going to end in death – it was going to bring glory to God and his Son.
Both of Lazarus’s sisters, Martha and Mary, were a little disappointed in Jesus at first. Each of them said to Jesus separately: “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died”. They had faith that Jesus could have kept Lazarus alive but not that he could bring a dead Lazarus back to life. They wanted a particular answer to their prayer – they wanted Lazarus to get over his illness quickly and not die. Their patience was limited – they thought it was too late for their prayers to be answered now.
So often when we pray, we not only bring our need or problem to God but we also tell him the particular answer we’d like and when we’d like it ….. right away please! We should really trust God to choose the best answer to our prayer and at the right time.
Jesus chose to let Lazarus die then 4 days later prayed and shouted toward his tomb “Lazarus, come out!” and we’re told the man who had been dead came out!
By this particular answer, Jesus not only restored Lazarus to life and good health but he also restored the faith and trust of Mary, Martha, the disciples, the onlookers and no doubt Lazarus too! in just who Jesus was and what he could do.
Dear Lord, help us to trust that you will always answer our prayer, however great our need or our problem but help us to trust that your answer is best and to have patience to wait for your timing.
Jesus said, “I am the one who raises the dead to life! Everyone who has faith in me will live, even if they die. And everyone who lives because of faith in me will never really die. Do you believe this?”
Do you believe this?