Oh my goodness! Don't look at the dates for this post and last post! Oh shoot, you likely did now. I have to say that the days got away from me. We have been extremely busy over the last few days and, honestly, I stopped my morning readings. You know what? It mattered! I didn't have anything biblical to ponder and apply to my day. That mattered to me.
I actually read John 11 on the proper day, but then I ended up reading it over a couple times since writing this post. This chapter introduces us (in the book of John, anyway) to Mary and Martha. Two sisters that come up a lot in Christian conversation. Although I didn't know that the whole sitting at Jesus' feet happens in John 12. I thought I had just missed it. You'll hear more about that in my next post. Without further ado, let's meet Mary, Martha and their brother Lazarus.
To set the stage Mary and Martha have sent Jesus a letter saying that their brother is sick. Jesus comments to his disciples that the sickness that Lazarus has won't result in death (it did) and that it would be used for God's glory (it was) then he waits for 2 days to go. To be fair, the Pharisees were on the lookout for Jesus by this time. They didn't like him a whole lot because of all the healings he had been completing. This was only going to get worse for Jesus.
When he reaches Judea he's met by Martha. She's the "gotta do something" sister. She isn't content to just sit around, she likes to keep busy. She likes to get things done. When she hears that Jesus is coming she goes out to meet him. Not only to meet him but to say some pretty heavy things - If you had been here, my brother wouldn't have died. That's a lot to hurl at someone. I get it though. So many times as a Christian we just expect God to heal our earthly bodies. We often say "If you're God, then why?" Why do people suffer? Why are kids starving? Why do bad things happen to good people? Why are there people who are so bad?
I wish I had answers for you. I don't. I'm not even going to attempt them. But I was you once. Why was my mom so sick? Why did she have to die? The answers to my questions came a year after when I gave my heart to Jesus. My mom suffered so that through her passing I could find my way back to Jesus. She wasn't healed here on earth, but her heavenly body is whole and perfect and now I will be reunited with her in God's time.
Back to Lazarus... I got a little off track, my apologies. When Jesus arrives Lazarus has been in the tomb for 4 days. This is before the time of preservation and embalming so you can bet that when Martha objects because of the odour she does so with good reason. This doesn't phase Jesus. Once the stone is rolled away he simply calls to Lazarus to come out... and he does! As a result of this many people believed in Jesus. As a result of that, Jesus became even more unpopular with the Pharisees and they gave the order to have Jesus arrested if he was seen at the Passover.
Apart from Mary and Martha and their impact on my walk I didn't really underline anything in this chapter. It's amazing that Lazarus was completely healed, even from death. We've read about Jesus bringing a young child back to life and numerous healings. This is amazing in that he did it in the middle of so many people.
You know the saying, the grass is always greener on the other side? This is my attempt to find greener grass right where I am in my life.
BTW - I'm the one on the right, just in case you didn't already know that.