“Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in Me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in Me will never die. Do you believe this?’” John 11:25-26 (NIV)
Lazarus was sick. Gravely sick. His two sisters, Mary and Martha, sent word to Jesus. They knew Jesus healed the sick, and they expected Him to rush to Bethany to heal His close friend. Most scholars believe Jesus and His disciples were in a southern town only one day’s traveling distance way from Bethany when He received the news that Lazarus was sick. The Bible tells us that Jesus “stayed where he was two more days” after He was told that His friend was gravely ill. So, Jesus chose to wait and let His friend, Lazarus, die. Of course, that prompts all sorts of questions: Did He really care about Lazarus? Did He care about Mary and Martha?
But, I think the lesson Jesus wanted us, as well as Mary and Martha, to learn is that He always does the miracle in His way and His time. God’s miracles are never late, and they are never early. They come to us right on time. It just doesn’t seem like it to us. We can’t see the big picture and, many times, it feels as if God is running late or He’s completely forgotten about us.
“Then Jesus said, ‘Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?’”
Mary and Martha felt that Jesus was two days late, but Jesus knew He was right on time. Jesus was following the divine plan, and He knew the plan wasn’t to heal a sick man. No, the plan was to raise a dead man to show that Jesus was and is the Life Giver!
As you seek your miracle today, you may be going through a dark time. Perhaps, the situation you’re in feels like one of the darkest. No doubt Mary and Martha felt this as well. Their brother was dying! They, too, were seeking a miracle. The great news is that, in those darkest moments when you can’t see the big picture, Christ comes to us. He is the resurrection and the life. And, His miracles are never too late. Do you believe this?