1Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.
2It was the Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.
3So the sisters sent word to Him, saying,” Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.”
4But when Jesus heard this, He said, “This sickness is not to end in death, but for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified by it.”
5Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.
6So when He heard that he was sick, He then stayed two days longer in the place where He was.
Lazarus = God is help
Mary’s annointing (v. 2) — Matthew 26:6-13; Mark 14:3-9
The sisters made no request (v. 3). They simply informed Jesus of Lazarus’s sickness and trusted Him.
Jesus was at Behabara, two days journey away. Lazarus was probably already dead when Jesus got the message that he was sick.
for the glory of God — as in the case of the blind man (John 9:3)
Jesus waited two days (v. 6) — Lazarus’s body had started to rot. None could deny a miracle had occurred. It wasn’t for lack of love or concern that caused Jesus to wait—it was God’s timing.
Jesus claimed that He was life. This miracle proved it.
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