Death Had Its Day
Read: John 11:1-45
With the approach of the cooler fall temperatures, I’m reminded that winter won’t be far behind. I abhor the cold. The dreary, lifeless season of winter where trees stand bare and embarrassed. The sky is grouchy, and the air is sharp for months on end. I’m not a fan.
Marriage can feel like a really long winter. Cold and dead. But our faithful God never allows winter to overstay her visit. From the dreaded, sprouts the dramatic. Spring buds and warmer days always return. He’s into resurrection.
When Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead, he had been dead for four days. His sisters were beside themselves with grief. The funeral was over. This was a done deal. Death had its day.
But Jesus had other plans. He 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.” In the same way that Jesus called Lazarus to life, He can bring life from a dead marriage. He can call “time” on the winter of a relationship and bring new growth and spring buds as the fruit of His faithfulness.
In verse 40, Jesus asks a question that applies to us as well, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” God wants to perform miracles in our marriages. If we believe, we will see the glory of God.