John 11 tells us the story of a family in Bethany whom Jesus loved dearly. We can easily picture a house mourning the death of a loved one, that was the case of Mary and Martha .Their only brother had just passed away .The sisters had sent word to Jesus that their brother Lazarus was sick, but Jesus decided to stay back for 2 more days by then Lazarus had died .After 2 days Jesus arrives to Bethany and we read in
John 11:21” Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”
It’s true if JESUS had been there he wouldn’t have died. This statement is quite true in our lives too .Many of our problems could have been avoided if Jesus was there .The words we spoke or the way we reacted which aggravated our issues could have been avoided if we had Jesus with us. Most times when storms come by ,we tell Jesus “please stand aside I need some space, or let me handle this on my own “.I’m sure our issues dint get any better it just got worse.
Mary comes to Jesus and says the same thing again-“If you had been here ,he wouldn’t have died.”
John 11: 33 ”When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled.”
When we have issues we often think God allowed it- so be it. We picture God silently watching our misery but the scripture says Jesus was “deeply moved” and “troubled” .Yes -he is troubled at our misery, but sometimes he just waits and watches so that he can do a miracle in our life just as he did in this family
John 11:39” Jesus said, Take away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, said unto him, Lord, by this time he stinks: for he has been dead four days.”
It’s obvious that a dead body 4 days old will stink because its rotting, but Jesus still decided to walk into that tomb. It’s exactly the same in our case! HE’S ready to walk into our rotting issues-situations which we say “it stinks”,” there’s absolutely no way this is going to change !”,”no one is going to be able to help” but the scripture says differently-He walked into that tomb which was stinking. Is it you family life or your work or your career or your relationship with someone which is rotting?
We read in verse 32” When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”
Fall at HIS feet-He doesn’t enjoy our misery, HE gets troubled,he is moved when we cry for help and He will do a miracle! HE rose Lazarus who had died, we read the dead man came out wrapped in strips of linen and Jesus said “take off the grave clothes and let him go”!!
I picture issues like webs tied so tightly around us like the grave clothes on Lazarus-but when Jesus said LET HIM GO,he was set free and so are we!
Pray with me
“Lord Jesus I commit my issues which are too complicated into your hands ,I don’t see a way out ,I don’t know how this is going to be solved but if you could wake up Lazarus from his rotting body I know you can help me too .I pray for deliverance in JESUS name. AMEN!!!”