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Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. Yet when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days.  John 11:5-6

If you are familiar with this story in any way, then you are aware of the background, but let's refresh it for our minds. Jesus had some very close friends named Lazarus, Martha and Mary.  They were such good friends that Jesus stayed with them anytime he was close to Bethany.  Quite a bit of space is reserved for them in scripture by Mary's washing of Jesus' feet with expensive perfume and then drying it with her hair, Martha being admonished for not choosing wisely, and then the story that we are focusing on today concerning the death of Lazarus.  

Basically what happens in this passage is Lazarus gets sick, the girls send word to Jesus. He tarries and Lazarus dies before Jesus gets there.  When Jesus finally shows up, Lazarus has been dead for four days. Jesus then comforts his friends, prays this amazing prayer and Lazarus is brought back to life.  You can read all of John chapter eleven for the details.  It's a great story.  But something new caught my eye today and I just love that about the Bible.  This is what scripture means when it refers to the Bible being living and active (Hebrews 4:12).  

I wrote the verse we are focusing on for you above, but I want to look at it again.  

Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. Yet when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days.  John 11:5-6

Please don't miss this!  Jesus loved them.  Scripture even calls the ones he loved by name.  He loved them, but he chose to stay and not immediately send relief their way.  Verse four gives us a clue as to what Jesus was up to when it says, "This sickness will not end in death.  No, it is for God's glory so that God's Son may be glorified through it (John 11:4)."  This entire circumstance was orchestrated for the glory of God to be manifested (or made known) through the Son, who is Jesus.  

This entire circumstance was orchestrated for the glory of God to be manifested (or made known) through the Son, who is Jesus.