If you read the passage on the previous posts you noticed the humanity of Jesus and the difficulty of the situation. I read a commentary a by Gary Burge on the train this morning and a couple of things stood out.
The first was that Lazarus had been dead for four days, but Jesus took three days to get there. In other words Jesus did not wait for his friend Lazarus to die after hearing that he was ill. Lazarus had died by the time Jesus got the news. Jesus was waiting so that when Lazarus was raised to life, there would be no doubt that the man’s spirit had departed.
Second was that the words ‘deeply troubled’ in the English translate a powerful word in the Greek. Each time Jesus is deeply troubled he is like a warhorse about to charge into battle. There are tears and there is power. These two things are often alien to each other in western men.
So Jesus powerfully charges into the grief and rescues his friend from death. In a different way he will rescue each one of us as we pass through death. He will pass through death himself on the cross. So, who exactly is Jesus if he does the things the book of John says he does?
You powerfully charged in to save Lazarus. You lead me on a daily battle. You give strength and hope in the darkest situations. Please bring life and light to our world.
- How was Lazarus doing when Jesus received news of his illness?
- What do we miss by only reading the English translation?
- What does the final sign performed by Jesus point to?
- How do you want Jesus to charge in for you?
- What ‘all hope is lost’ situations have you had to endure?