Read John 11:1-25
Disappointment with God. I’ve been there. I’m guessing you have too. Maybe it wasn’t the death of someone so dear to you as Mary’s or Martha’s brother. Or maybe it was. If you’ve been around for any length of time, the chances are good that you’ve experienced some sort of disappointment in God’s choices.
Mary and Martha were sure Jesus would come and save Lazarus from the sickness he suffered. So, they sent word that “the one (He) love(d)” was sick. But Jesus was not interested in making their brother better.
He intended to make him altogether new.
So, He waited two more days. And when He arrived, Lazarus was gone. He’d spent four whole days in a tomb, the Bible says. Long enough to emit the stench of death. Long enough to cancel any doubt that he was, in fact, deceased.
When Martha caught up with Jesus, the disappointment oozed out. “Lord, if you had been here…”
That’s when Jesus walked her into the truth that He alone IS life. His very essence is the resurrection she hoped for, even after her brother had died. Even when Jesus disappointingly stayed away. “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection in the last day,” she said. And it was true. But Jesus showed up in that town in Judea because He Himself was — is — life itself.
Jesus came for real life in the forever and He came to give new and true life in the now.
”I am the resurrection and the life.” I imagine He looked straight into Martha’s eyes when He said it. As if to say, Martha, your brother will rise again in the resurrection. And the resurrection is here. For, I AM the resurrection! Your brother will rise again in me.
“The one who believes in me will live,” Jesus said. Believing is living. Both now and forever. Are you living, believing, following Jesus? He didn’t come to make you better. He came to make you new. He is the resurrection. He is the life.