News of Lazarus’ Death

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The setting for a miracle is described (vv. 1- 6). Lazarus, a close friend of Jesus, had become gravely ill (v. 1). His two sisters were Mary and Martha and they lived with their brother Lazarus in Bethany which was located on the east side of the Mt. Of olives, about two miles from Jerusalem (v. 18), along the road leading to Jericho. This was the same Mary who later poured perfume on the Lord’s head and wiped his feet with her hair (v. 2). Jesus was about twenty miles from Bethany when a messenger arrived with the news that His dear friend, Lazarus, was critically ill. Scripture makes it clear there was a strong love relationship between Jesus and  this family (v. 3). However, when Jesus heard this, he said, “His sickness won’t end in death, it will bring glory to God and his son (v. 4).” He  waits two more days before He and His disciples go to Lazarus’ house, and only gives greater opportunity for people to believe (vv. 5-6),

When Jesus finally performed raising Lazarus from the dead it was one of his greatest and most noteworthy miracles. No one could question it since Lazarus had been dead for four days and was buried. This miracle was so convincing that the priests plotted to kill Lazarus (John 12:9,10). Why does Jesus take four days to get to Lazarus? A summary of the four days will help answer this question: On the first day the messenger has to travel to find Jesus. The next two days He lingers. On the fourth day Jesus travels across the Jordan river and a days journey to Bethany.

Application

How do I handle grief:  

___1.Pretend nothing has happened
___2.Keep everything inside
___3.Get angry at God

John 11:1-6 (English Standard Version)

Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. It was Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was ill. So the sisters sent to him, saying, "Lord, he whom you love is ill." But when Jesus heard it he said, "This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it." Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So, when he heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was.

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