Mary and Martha were confused, distraught, grief-stricken. They could not understand why the One whom they loved, the One with whom they had entertained in their home, the One who had opened blind eyes, caused the lame to walk, and healed countless would not come when their brother was sick.
As their brother became worse, they must have remembered how he healed Peter’s mother in law and thought “He will be here like He was for Peter.” But He did not come.
As Lazarus drew his last breath, maybe they thought of Jarius’ daughter. They expected Jesus to come dramatically, clear the room, and return their brother to them. But He did not come.
As they walked in the procession toward the tomb, perhaps they remembered the widow Nain. So they looked around as they walked expecting Jesus to come and interrupt this funeral procession, touched the coffin and bring back their brother. But He did not come.
So these two sisters laid their brothers to rest. They did not understand why Jesus seemed to abandon them. Their hope dwindled. Their questions multiplied. Why didn’t He come? Why didn’t He help? Did He not love them? They knew He could. They just didn’t understand why He wouldn’t.
When they stop looking, when they stop expecting a miracle, when they had given up ever seeing their brother in this life time, Jesus came.
Have you ever felt like these two sisters? You prayed. You believed. You stood on words. You remembered what God had done previously? But still it seemed as if God didn’t answer?
And like these two sisters, you may question God, “If you had been here, this would not have happened.”
No one understood why this family whom Jesus loved would experience such tragedy. No one understood why they had to experience this graveyard dead situation. No one that is except Jesus.
“When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.”” John 11:4 NIV
If you don’t understand why you are going through this trail, remember, God wants to be glorified in you. Lazarus’ visit in the graveyard was not a period. It was a semicolon. Whatever trail you are going through, it’s just a semicolon. Don’t give up. Allow God to finish the sentence.
After four days Lazarus was resurrected. He went on to testify of God’s goodness. You too will rise again. You situation will not end in death. The Son of God will be glorified in your graveyard experience.