Now a man named Lazarus was sick. (John 1:1)
When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death…” (John 4:11a)
And then this…
So then he told them (his disciples) plainly, “Lazarus is dead, and for your sake I was glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” (John 4:14-15)
Ten verses later, what Jesus said wouldn’t happen, happened.
Or did it?
There are times in our lives when all we can see is a promise we felt from the Lord has died. We were sure that He gave it to us. We know He gave it to us. And yet, we have confirmation and proof that it has indeed, died.
How do we reconcile our feelings in that moment?
Have you ever been there? Are you there now?
BUT…look at what happens next. The story isn’t over.
“…Martha said to Jesus…I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.” (John 4:21-22)
Was Martha remembering the words Jesus first spoke, or was this just desperate, grieving faith on her part? We don’t know, and it doesn’t say. But either way, she is calling Jesus to make good on the promise that He indeed made when he said 7 words…
“The sickness WILL NOT END in death…” (John 4:11a)
As the story continues, something else really telling happens. Look at what a group of people said about this situation.
But some of them (a group of Jews) said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”
Don’t miss this point…
The miracle they thought was the greatest was putting limits on Jesus.
Now they may not have realized it, but they were all the same. And how many times do we do the very same thing. We see the death of something, and we begin to talk about it in the past tense, and what could of, should of or would have been done to have to change the outcome to what we all wanted it to be.
And all the while, the promise remained…
“This sickness will not end in death…” (John 4:11a)
So Jesus tells them to move the stone away from the tomb. Despite Martha’s objections that the odor would be too much, Jesus proceeds, gently reminding Martha that if she believed she “…would see the glory of God”.
Jesus thanks God publicly for hearing Him (not that He doubted, but so the people there would believe).
And then the words that fulfilled the promise.
“…Lazarus, come out!” (John 4:43)
Lazarus appeared wrapped in the grave clothes. Only one thing was left to do…
Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go”. (John 4:44b)
When you think it’s over, think again.
When you think you know the way the miracle should, would and could play out, stop.
It’s not our place to script the miracle, just keep believing Him for it.
If He has made a promise, you can count on it.
You may not be able to know the who, what, where, when, why or how…
But remember this one thing today…
If God has promised it, HE WILL be faithful to fulfill it.
I hope this is a great encouragement to you today.