Anchor of Promise #32 “Jesus is ALWAYS on Time”
The story of Jesus bringing Lazarus back to life is one of my many favorite stories of Jesus’ mercy and love. You can find this whole account in John 11.
But what I want to pull out of this story is the concept of Jesus’ amazing timing.
Jesus and His disciples were in a city speaking, and because of Jesus claiming He was the Son of God, many of the people wanted to arrest Him. He escapes, and I want to just say, He doesn’t escape because of “luck”. It was because the Jews could not touch Jesus until He allowed it later in the Garden of Gethsemane. That’s the power Jesus has. We see Him escape many other crowds as well.
While Jesus is moving onto the next city, He is met by Martha and Mary (the one who washed His feet with her hair and tears) who tell Him that their brother Lazarus is very sick. Jesus was very close to this family. We see His reply to their situation in verses 4 &5. (“When Jesus heard that , He said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it. Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was.)
Jesus didn’t go back with the sisters. Instead He waits 2 more days where He was. Jesus was setting up this amazing miracle of bringing Lazarus back from the dead. When He does go back to see them, He is greeted by Mary and Martha who voice their disappointment in a very similar manner. “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.”-verse 21 Martha
“Then, when Mary came where Jesus was, and saw Him, she fell down at His feet, saying to Him, “Lord if You had been here my brother would not have died.” verse 32-Mary
Jesus is so full of sorrow for this family we see that He weeps with them. I can only imagine the pain Jesus felt as He was trying to show them His power but yet all they saw was the end of their brother and disappointed Jesus didn’t do anything. But this is not the end of the story. You can read the full account, but I want you to see just how amazing Jesus’ power is. He calls Lazarus by name. He could have just said “Come out!” but He used Lazarus’ name because if not, then all the dead would have rose. We see in verse 43-44 Lazarus comes out of his tomb, body fully restored after being dead for 4 days.
You see, Mary and Martha’s perspective was that Jesus was late. That He had missed His chance at healing their brother. But Jesus had his whole miracle prepared back before He even got word of Lazarus. He is always working out the good in our bad situations. He is never late and is always on time. You may be going through a situation right now and feel like God doesn’t care or is late in delivering you. But just remember He is behind the scenes trying to display His power through your situation to either bring you to Himself or others that know you.
Instead of shaking our fists at God, we need to bow our knees and trust that He knows best. It is easier said than done, but this is a daily practice to remind ourselves that God is working out everything in our lives for our benefit and for His glory. Jesus is always on time. 🙂