Daily Bible Reading: John 11:1 – 17
Verse of the Day: John 11:1 – “Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, of the village of Mary and her sister Martha.”
Today and tomorrow we will muse over the powerful illustration of Jesus’ power over death. The account of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead is powerful and encouraging.
In today’s reading, we see the death of Jesus’ friend Lazarus. Jesus was a family friend, and had visited them in their home. They sent word to Jesus that Lazarus was very ill. They knew that Jesus was the only One who could heal their brother. As we read the account, it appears almost cruel on His part to stay and wait to go.
He arrives on the fourth day, in their belief system the soul hovered over the body for three days and then departed. So, all would know that Lazarus was dead.
If the account ended here, we would see Jesus as cruel and uncaring. Tomorrow, we will see the power of this One.
Prayer: Jesus, Your time is always right.