John 11:7–16 (ESV)
The Death of Lazarus
7 Then after this he
said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.” 8 The disciples said to him, “Rabbi, the Jews were just now seeking to stone you, and are you going there again?” 9 Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If
anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. 10 But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.” 11 After saying these things, he said to them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen
asleep, but I go to awaken him.” 12 The disciples said to him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover.” 13 Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that he meant taking rest in sleep. 14 Then Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus
has died, 15 and for your sake I am glad that I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” 16 So Thomas, called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”
In yesterday’s reading, Jesus found out that Lazarus was ill, so he waited two additional days before going to see him. There is a problem though. Jesus had recently been in Judea and the people tried to kill him.
Now Jesus wants to go back, but his disciples don’t want to go. This is like telling them that they get to do an evangelism tour in Afghanistan. Gee! I don’t want to go! Do you think I want to die? Well this is the problem.
Scriptures say: “8 The disciples said to him, “Rabbi, the Jews were just now seeking to stone you, and are you going there again?” Jesus tells them that Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I go to awaken him.” There response
is call him on his cell phone and wake him up, we don’t want to go back and die! Of course, cell phones were not around, but the scripture says: “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover.” Jesus tells them that Lazarus is
dead. Then good ole Doubting Thomas says “Let us also go, that we may die with him.” Notice though, that they did decided to go with Jesus, back to where they were trying to kill him. God often sends us to places, or situations,
that we don’t want to be in. We can be like Jonah and run, or we can do as God says. Jesus said let’s go back... and they went.
I pray: O
Lord, there are times that you make me do things I don’t want to do, but often know I should. There are times when your prodding makes me uncomfortable, but I know you are molding me and shaping me according to your will, not mine. Forgive
me when I resist, yet impower me to walk according to your will. I repent of my sins and want to do better. Amen.