Monday, August 22, 2022
“These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep” (John 11:11 KJV).
Behold, he whom God helps!
Today’s Scripture in context: “ Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.  (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.)  Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick.  When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.  Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.  When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was.  Then after that saith he to his disciples, Let us go into Judaea again….”
“ These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.  Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well.  Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep.  Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.  And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him.”
Lazarus, a dear friend of Christ, became ill and ultimately died. How could the Lord let that happen? Did He not care about this person He loved? Why did He not immediately visit Lazarus and heal him before he went the way of physical death? What is this about “sleep?” Was Lazarus really dead? This account here in John chapter 11 is ever so much more than some words to take up space on a page or a nice little story to tell children in Sunday School. God the Holy Spirit placed this into the record of Scripture to convey a remarkable lesson about what He will do in the ages to come….