“Jesus, A Miracle Worker”/The Death of Lazarus

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

 

“The Death of Lazarus”, John 11:1)  Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.  Luke 10:38.  2) (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped His Feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.)  Matthew 26:7; Mark 14:3; Luke 7:37.  3) Therefore his sisters sent unto Him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom Thou lovest is sick.  4) When Jesus heard that, He said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.  1Peter 4:11, 14.    5) Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.  6) When He had heard therefore that he was sick, He abode two days still in the same place where He was.  7) Then after that saith He to His disciples, Let us go into Judae’a again.  8) His disciples say unto Him, Master, the Jews of late sought to stone thee; and goest thou thither again?  9) Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day?  If any man walk in he day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world.  Psalm 97:11.  10) But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him.  Psalm 27:2.  11) These things said He:  and after that He saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.  Deuteronomy 31:16; Daniel 12:2; Acts 7:60.  12) Then said His disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well.  13) Howbeit Jesus spake of His death: but they thought that He had spoken of taking of rest in sleep.  14)Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead. 15) And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him. 16) Then said Thomas, which is called Didymus, unto his fellowdisciples, Let us also go, that we may die with Him.

Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary – v1-6)It is no new thing for those whom Christ loves, to be sick; bodily distempers correct the corruption, and try the graces of God’s people. He came not to preserve His people from these afflictions, but to save them from their sins, and from the wrath to come and we should apply to Him for our family and friends. Let this reconcile us to the darkest dealings of Providence, that they are all for the glory of God: sickness, loss, disappointment, are so; and if God be glorified, we ought to be satisfied. Jesus loved Martha, and her sister; and Lazarus. God has gracious intentions, even when He seems to delay. When the work of deliverance, temporal or spiritual, public or personal, is delayed, it does but stay for the right time. v7-10)Christ never brings His people into any danger but He goes with them in it. We are apt to think ourselves zealous for the Lord, when really we are only zealous for our wealth, credit, ease, and safety; there is a need therefore to try our principles. But our day shall be lengthened out, till our work is done, and our testimony finished. Christ wherevever He went, walked in the day; and so shall we, if we follow His Steps. If a man walks in the way of his heart, if he consults his own carnal reasoning’s more than the will and glory of God, he falls into temptations and snares. He stumbles because there is no light in him; for light in us shows us our moral actions, just as the light around us reveals our natural actions. v11-16)Since we are sure to rise again at the last, why should not the believing hope of that resurrection to eternal life, make it as easy for us to put off the body and die? A true Christian, when he dies, does but sleep; he rests from the labours of the past day. The disciples thought that it was now needless for Christ to go to Lazarus, and expose Himself and them. Thus, we often hope that the good work will be done by some other hand, if there be peril in the doing of it. Like Thomas, in difficult times Christians should encourage one another; because of Christ’s Resurrection.
More to come and God Bless You.

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