Raised – A New Beginning
John 11:40-42 (NIV)
40 Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”
41 So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”
When Jesus was told that Lazarus was sick, he decided not to go right away and heal him. Jesus had a greater plan in building the faith of his followers by allowing Lazarus to die. Martha knew that if Jesus could have come sooner, her brother would not have died. She believed in Jesus and believed that God will do whatever he asks. Jesus declared to her that her brother will rise again. Martha only knew that there will be a resurrection at the last day. Even though Jesus said that he is the resurrection and the life, Martha still could not accept the idea of his brother coming back to life during her lifetime.
The people there could see the love that Jesus has for Lazarus. Unfortunately, there were also those who still could not comprehend why somebody as powerful as Jesus who could open the eyes of the blind, could not keep Lazarus from dying. Jesus was going to rock their world by glorifying God when he decided to show what he can do. Still, Martha couldn’t comprehend the raising of the dead. Jesus gave instructions to move away the stone, but Martha still resisted by saying that there would be a bad odor after Lazarus has been dead for four days.
Martha was still thinking of her troubles and still in a state of despair. Martha had no hope for Lazarus in her present life. She didn’t believe that Jesus could do anything after he died. I can also be stuck with my own troubles and worries and not thinking that Jesus can raise the Lazarus from the dead in my life. If there is something that I may have lost hope in, Jesus can create a new beginning for me. Like Martha, I would have to put away my old way of thinking and let Jesus open up my eyes of the possibilities with Jesus.