That They Might Believe (Day 4) – Valleys

When Jesus heard Lazarus was sick, His response was it happened so that God’s Son would be glorified through it.  Later Jesus told Martha that Lazarus would rise again.  She said she believed that he would rise “again in the resurrection at the last day.”  ‘Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life” (John 11:24-25).  Hope is found in that one simple truth.  “Christ died and returned to life so the he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living” (Romans 14:9).  Lazarus had been dead four days by the time Jesus got to the tomb.  His family had experienced grief and pain.  Jesus allowed this for their good, to build the faith of others, and for His glory.  Right before He commanded Lazarus to life He prayed, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me.  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” (John 11:41-42).  Sometimes we go through pain to be a testimony to others of God’s faithfulness and resurrection power.

Read:  John 11:23-44; 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

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