The Bible is filled with stories of Jesus doing things that seem strange. One such story is why he waited two days before going to Lazarus. If you’re wondering why the Son of God would wait, then this article will give you some insights into why waiting might have been a good idea for him and why it’s still a good idea for us today!
There are several reasons why Jesus waited for an extra two days after receiving news that His friend Lazarus was sick.
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Jesus wanted to reveal a new truth about Himself.
The reason why Jesus waited two days to go to Lazarus is much more important than you might think! Jesus knew that Lazarus was already dead. He waited so he could reveal a new truth about himself to his disciples and to the world!
Jesus wanted his disciples, friends, family members—and you—to see Him as more than just another man who healed people’s sicknesses by merely touching them or speaking words of power over them.
If Jesus had healed Lazarus right away, those who saw the miracle would have merely thought of Jesus as a good healer. But by letting Lazarus die and then raising him from the dead after four days, what people witnessed was much more than just another man’s power over disease—what they were now seeing went beyond human capabilities!
John 11- 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
Jesus wanted to demonstrate that He is the Resurrection and Life. Something new that people didn’t know about Him previously.
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Jesus had a plan, and his plan could only be completed by allowing Lazurus to die.
Whatever Jesus did was very intentional, and the timing of His actions was no accident. The end goal for all this waiting was for God to be glorified by His (sons) actions and people to come to a new truth that will cause them to trust God.
John 11: 14 So then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead, 15 and for your sake, I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.”
Jesus is God who can be trusted to know what He’s doing—even when, from our limited human perspective, it might look as though things are going wrong or have gone off course.
Jesus was able to accomplish his mission because he didn’t react impulsively but instead waited and took the time needed to do things right.
If you’re feeling lost right now with your faith because some bad thing has happened in your life, what Jesus did for Lazarus—and you!—should give you hope.
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Jesus wanted to display how God responds to prayers.
John 11:41 So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”
It was a wonderful moment for individuals to pay attention to what Christ would accomplish. Making this brave prayer is a lesson for all of us in that we should confront our fears and problems by praying to a God who listens.
Jesus knew that waiting for Lazurus to die would help people believe in Him more.
John 11:45 Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him.
Raising Lazurus brought more people to believe in Jesus.
Jesus wanted to give people an opportunity to believe in Him more deeply by seeing His power over death.
We understand that God works in accordance with His own reasons and that we may never truly comprehend the reason. However, we may trust in His promise that everything will work out for our good. That God is all-good, and everything He does demonstrates His love.
The next time you feel like God is delaying, just know that whatever He is doing it’s going to be a reflection of His love towards you and it’s going to be good.