Devotions for the Week of April 2, 2017

Meditation for the Week of April 2, 2017

Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”  John 11:21

 

Where was Jesus?  Martha and her sister Mary must have asked themselves this question over and over and over again.  Where was Jesus?  Their brother Lazarus had been sick; very sick.  They had sent word to Jesus to come quickly.  Jesus had healed so many people.  Surely He would be there for His good friend Lazarus.  Surely He would come without delay.

But Jesus didn’t come.  Jesus wasn’t there.  Day after day Lazarus got sicker and sicker.  Finally, Lazarus died.  Where was Jesus?

You’ve probably asked yourself this question many times.  Where was Jesus?  Where was Jesus when you got sick?  Where was Jesus when your loved one died?  Where was Jesus in the difficult times of life?

These are not easy questions to answer, but let’s look at what happened with Lazarus.  Jesus told His disciples, Lazarus has died, and for your sake I am glad that I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.  Jesus planned to use Lazarus’ death as an opportunity for His disciples to believe.  Jesus knew what He was going to do.  Jesus knew that He was going to raise Lazarus from the dead, and that when He did so, many would believe in Him.

This is, in fact, what happened.  Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, even after Lazarus had been dead for three days.  This caused many more people to believe in Him.  The Jewish leaders were so worried about this, that they even tried to kill Lazarus.

Jesus used the death of Lazarus to bring about wonderful things for His disciples and for the crowds who followed Him.  When Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, it proved that He had power even over death itself.

Jesus has not promised you an easy life.  You will go through difficult times, just as Martha and Mary did.  What Jesus has promised is that even though times are tough now, even though your life is filled with pain and suffering, He has the ultimate power over death.  Just as Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, one day He will raise you, too.  Jesus says, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.”           

Our Weekly Prayer

Please consider praying this prayer as part of your daily prayers.

Lord Jesus Christ, you raised Lazarus from the dead.  Grant me faith to trust in the power of your resurrection, even in the face of suffering and death.  Amen