Jesus let Lazarus die

“So then he told them plainly, ‘Lazarus is dead, and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe.’”  John 11:14-15.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Jeremiah 3-4, and John 11.

No one died when Jesus was around.  But death happened when He wasn’t around.

Jesus delayed getting to Bethany so that Lazarus did die.  By doing this Jesus would be able to raise Lazarus from the dead.

What was the point?  The disciples would witness the power of Jesus is a new way.  They would realize that death was not an obstacle.

Later, you would have assumed that when Jesus died they might have recalled the Lazarus incident.  That didn’t happen and the disciples hid in fear for their lives.

God is in charge of the details of believers’ lives.  We tend to estimate Him by our standards.  Not possible.  We are at the “clay” level in a pottery shop.  We don’t control what the potter decides to do with us.

However, different from the clay/potter scenario is that, in the case of the believer, God is our potter.  He will do what is best for His people.

This would be good reason to look at all situations as created by Him for our good.  I must rejoice that He’s in charge no matter what I see happening.

“Lord, You are in charge.  I trust You.  Forgive me for judging Your actions.  The psalmists did it on occasion but often they came to their senses by the end of their psalms.  You are a great God fully in charge of the lives of believers.  Hallelujah!”

Jesus let Lazarus die so that His power over death could be shown.


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