Today’s Reading: John 11:1-44
38 Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. 39 “Take away the stone,” he said. “But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.” 40 Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” - John 11:38-40
Raising Lazarus from the dead is a familiar story to most and full of intrigue. You still have the possibility of the Jews stoning Jesus, you have doubt from many directions, you have Jesus teaching about his death, delay, Martha’s “if only” declaration, Jesus weeping, and much more. The story concludes with a connection between belief and God’s glory and ultimately Lazarus walking out of the grave. Notice the mention of the stone across the entryway and the command to take it away. Sound familiar? Jesus had led Mary, Martha, and the disciples on what seemed to be an excruciating journey. Anxiety overwhelmed most while Jesus instructed, illustrated, and remained calm. At one point he was moved to tears. He did not let the if only’s and the what if’s get in his way of declaring God’s glory in all of this. This was not the first time when being questioned why he did what he did his answer involved his Father. What Jesus did and what he does for us is important and is part of our transformation process as we seek to become more like Him, but why He did what He did is more important. He did everything so people would see the glory of God. Not so they would see him and the miracles, but the miracle working Father in heaven. Our place is to believe, believe whole heartedly, and see the glory of God manifested for the good and sake of His kingdom.
Heavenly Father, strengthen our belief to greater depths as we seek to hold on to the promise of your glory breaking forth from the heavens. Forgive us for doubting your sovereignty and let us live in the assurance of your lovingkindness and faithfulness. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen