He was from Bethany. He was dying. He was loved by Jesus, his sister Mary, and her sister Martha. He felt his time was coming to an end and there was nothing he could do to stop his sickness.
Mary and Martha messaged Jesus about this dire situation. They told Him about the seriousness of their brother’s health. That he was declining rapidly.
Jesus replied, “This sickness will not lead to death, but to God’s glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it” (John 11:4 NET).
But then Jesus decided to do something unusual, He didn’t rush over to see His friend Lazarus who was on his deathbed. Instead, Jesus remained where He was for two days. Meanwhile, Lazarus would eventually die.
“Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will grant you” (John 11:21-22).
“Jesus replied, ‘Your brother will come back to life again.’ Martha said, ‘I know that he will come back to life again in the resurrection at the last day'” (John 11:23-24).
Martha must have pondered, “What did He just say? He’ll come back?”
As she thought about this, Jesus surprised her again.
“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live even if he dies, and the one who lives and believes in me will never die…” (John 11:25-26)
At this point, Martha must have been confused. The resurrection. What’d He just say?
And then Jesus asks Martha the most important question of her life. This question is also the most important question you and I will ever have to answer. It’s a question that affects life and death. It’s about who is Jesus. Let’s listen to Jesus ask us.
“Do you believe this?” (John 11:26)