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Jesus the source of life
Bible Passage John 11: 1- 7, 17-27
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2023 & book John.

Jesus the source of life

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached August 3, 2023

1 Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.

2 Mary was the woman who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair. Her brother Lazarus was the one who was ill.

3 So the sisters sent word to Jesus and told him, “Lord, the one whom you love is ill.”

4 But when Jesus heard it, he said, “This illness isn’t meant to end in death. It’s for God’s glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”

5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.

6 Yet, when he heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed where he was for two more days.

7 After this, he told the disciples, “Let’s go back to Judea.”

17 When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days.

18 Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about fifteen stadia away,

19 and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother.

20 As soon as Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home.

21 Martha told Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.

22 But even now I know that whatever you ask of God, he will give it to you.”

23 Jesus told her, “Your brother will rise again.”

24 Martha told him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.”

25 Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The person who believes in me, even though he dies, will live.

26 Indeed, everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe that?”

27 “Yes, Lord,” she told him. “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who was to come into the world.”

Bethany was a small town to the east of Jerusalem. The name ‘Bethany’ meant ‘the house of poor people’. Probably, it was a place where poor or ill people could come for help. Jesus had been there several times. He had special friends there: Lazarus, Mary, and Martha.

While Jesus was still in the region between Jordan and Jerusalem, he heard that his friend Lazarus, who lived in Bethany, was seriously ill.

Mary and Martha knew that Jesus could help their ill brother. They had seen the miracles that Jesus had done. But Jesus did not do what they expected. He did not go to them immediately.
Jesus did not hurry to Bethany, because He knew Lazarus was already dead. By raising him to life, Jesus would give unmistakable evidence of His unity with the Father.

Lazarus and his sisters were very special to Jesus. Jesus had stayed at their house, probably several times. He knew them well and He loved them. He knew that they were suffering. Lazarus’s illness would cause great strain on his sisters. So it may seem strange to us that Jesus did not go to them immediately. But, because he was God’s Son, He knew the right time to go.

Sometimes, when we pray, God seems to do nothing. It may even seem that He has not heard our prayer. But God always answers our prayers. When we ask Him, He can make good things happen, even in a bad situation. But He does not always do this immediately. God always knows when it is the right time for Him to act. This brings glory to Him.

After waiting two days, Jesus decided to set out for Bethany. A distressed Martha met Jesus along the way. She believed that although humanly speaking, it was too late to do anything for her dead brother, Jesus may yet be able to call upon His Father’s power and bring Lazarus back to life.

It was small comfort to Martha to know that Lazarus would be raised to life at the resurrection of the just. Jesus enlightened her by saying that He is the resurrection and the life. Here and now, in this life, those spiritually dead because of sin may have eternal life through Him. They will go on living and enjoying this life even though their physical bodies may die (John 11:23-26). Martha fully believed all that Jesus was saying and added her confident confession that he was the Messiah, the Son of God, and the Saviour of the world (John 11:27).

🔷 It is easy to find Jesus in our troubles when we have already been friends with Him before the troubles

🔷 Jesus must be the first and only point of call for the believer in sickness and all troubles

🔷 God answers prayer rightly in His own time. He never delays

🔷 God has power over death and all life challenges

💥 Thank God for preserving your life
💥 Invite Jesus into your situation

All our attention must be on Jesus who is our source of hope and comfort. When we invite Him and wait on Him, He shall come through for us at the appointed time.

In series Bright Morning Reflections