John 11:4, 25-26, 35 – (4) But when Jesus heard this it he said, “This illness does not lead to death.  It is for the glory of God, so the son of God may be glorified through it.” (25-26) Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.  Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (35) Jesus wept.


Jesus, upon learning of Lazarus’ sickness delayed going to Bethany so his compassion and glory could be revealed through the resurrection of Lazarus.  Jesus is the resurrection and the life and all who believe in him will have everlasting life. Jesus has compassion and identifies with our pain and suffering.


There are many situations that we face, illness, death of a loved one, separation from someone we once loved that we may not understand why we are going through or the timing but God can use this situation for His glory.  This can be an especially hard lesson if we have to wait on an outcome when we think we have an answer. Then we can use our story for God’s glory. We can know that the resurrection of Lazarus was a precursor to the resurrection of Jesus.  Jesus loves us, cares for us and laid down his life, defeated death so that we may believe and live.



Thank you for your love, grace and mercy you have for me.  Help me to be patient in difficult circumstances to know you work things for your glory.  Let me life my life answering yes to the question that I believe you are the resurrection and the life.