– by James Williams –
If he hurried, there would still be time. Word had gotten to Jesus that Lazarus was ill, possibly near death, and Jesus could make it if he left right away. But, he didn’t. In fact, he waited two days (John 11).
Why did Jesus wait? Shouldn’t he have hurried to get to the friends he loved so much? He had the power to heal…but he waited. And then Lazarus died.
Sometimes the Lord’s timing isn’t our timing. Often, his ways don’t make sense to our finite minds. His thoughts are higher. His ways are better.
We know how the story ends. In an incredible display of power, Jesus calls Lazarus from the dead, and both Lazarus and death obey.
But, in between the death and resurrection of Lazarus, there was grieving, weeping, and hurting. Even Jesus was “deeply moved” and wept. Some question why Jesus would weep when he knows he’s going to raise Lazarus. They conclude that he must have been weeping because of the unbelief he saw. While that could be part of it, it also seems that he’s weeping with those who are hurting (vs. 33). Yes, he knows what he’s going to do, but he still weeps with those who weep. He’s a compassionate savior and he looks around and sees the consequences of sin and death and so he weeps.