“So the chief priests planned to kill Lazarus too, for on account of him many of the Jewish people from Jerusalem were going away and believing in Jesus.” John 12:10-11 NET
Lazarus’ death and resurrection was not about Lazarus or Mary or Martha. It was about the Kingdom of God. It was about expanding God’s kingdom. It was about setting the oppressed free. It was about emptying hell and populating the Kingdom of God. It was about Jesus!
While God is never the author of our pain (the enemy comes to kill, steal and destroy), God can take what was designed to destroy us and use it to bring glory to Him, to propel us into our destiny, to give us an undeniable testimony.
Perhaps the wait is both for the benefit of spreading the gospel and to strengthen our faith in Him. While Martha waited, she ran to meet Jesus. She conversed with Him. He revealed his character to Martha while she waited. He wept with her while she waited. They grew closer in the wait.
My situation hasn’t changed in a day. But I do hear the sweet voice of Jesus encouraging me in the wait. He is saying, “Don’t waste your wait time. Come sit in my lap while you wait. Let me reveal more of my heart to you. Let me hold you and cry with you. Let me give you a glimpse of your future glory. Let me shower you with kisses as I prepare the world and you for what I am about to do in your life. Come my daughter, let’s grow closer in the wait.”
“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live even if he dies, and the one who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” She replied, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God who comes into the world.””
John 11:25-27 NET