“Even though Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, after having heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was.” John 11:5-6
Jesus doesn’t drop everything and rush to be near his sick friend. Let that sink in. He gets the news, he loves that family, and yet he waits two days before heading their way. When he arrives the sisters are upset with him because their brother has died and they thought Jesus would have rushed to keep that from happening. And Jesus is sad too, even though he intends to raise Lazarus from the dead. I know this story is about Jesus’ power and the fulfillment of messianic prophecy. But I’m interested also in Jesus’ slowness. We live in an On Demand world, and Jesus doesn’t work that way. He works in his own time for his own purposes and invites our patience, trust and belief. Can we wait for Jesus?
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-Pastor Travis Norton
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