“Lazarus’s sickness will not end in death. No, it happened for the glory of God so that the Son of God will receive glory from this.” John 11:4
We’ve seen over the past few weeks instances of Jesus’ radical love that transformed those around Him. Radical means: “relating to or affecting the fundamental nature of something; far-reaching or thorough”. In the story of Mary, Martha, and their brother Lazarus, His love for God’s glory reveals the far-reaching effect of His power.
Lazarus became ill with a fatal disease and his sisters called on their Friend Jesus to heal him. Jesus stayed where he was until the news came that Lazarus was dead. Jesus said plainly to His disciples that his sickness was for the glory of God. It was not the end of Lazarus’ story. Mary and Martha already believed in Jesus as the Messiah, but there was so much more they had to understand about Him. Jesus came to them four days after Lazarus was buried. For them, it was too late. But for Jesus, it was right on time to reveal to them Who He was. He lived to glorify His Father, even if it meant suffering the death of a friend He loved, and the profound disappointment caused by His inaction. He declared Himself to be the Resurrection and the Life and proved it by raising Lazarus from the dead. Instead of believing in Him, the religious who were present plotted His destruction. He changed religion into relationship, and it scared them.
Jesus came to reveal the Father to the world and draw them into His radical, life-giving love. This love is on display in the relationship we have when we believe in Him. Come today and enjoy His love.
Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! 1 John 3:1