Tuesday, August 23, 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!
As the Lord Jesus is en route to Bethany (near Jerusalem), where Lazarus had died and been buried four days prior (verse 17), there is an exchange between the Lord and Lazarus’ sister Martha: “ Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house.  Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.  But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.  Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.  Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.  Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:  And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?  She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.”
Martha, as noted in these verses, was a believer. She knew her brother was dead, but she also understood her Hebrew Bible. “He [the LORD] will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it” (Isaiah 25:8). First Corinthians 15:54 interprets this as physical resurrection. For other bodily resurrection passages, see Job 19:25-27 and Daniel 12:2,13. These verses speak of an event that will take place beyond even our day, in the end times. Martha was under the impression Lazarus would be raised at the culmination point of the prophetic program, but, with Lazarus, the Lord had something else in mind. He would bring Lazarus back to life right at that moment….