By the time Jesus arrived in Bethany, Lazarus had been dead for four days. John 11:21 says that Martha confronted Jesus, saying, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” Hurt and disappointment. When we face death, our definition of God is challenged. Which, in turn, challenges our faith.
Why is it that we interpret the presence of death as the absence of God? As a result, we get angry or resentful when God doesn’t answer our prayers for healing. It’s distressing that this view of God has no place for death. Jesus didn’t raise the dead for the sake of the dead, but for the sake of the living. The same voice that awakened the corpse of Lazarus will speak again. The earth and the sea will give up their dead. There will be no more death. Jesus made sure of that.
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