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#165 Is this how You treat Your Friends?

Mary and Martha send a message to Jesus in Galilee, “The one you love is very sick.”

Jesus thanks the messenger and returns the message, “Tell them this illness won’t end in death.”

His disciples are surprised, they expected him to leave immediately to go to his friends, some think his reaction is uncaring. Others think he should stay away from Jerusalem. All are troubled, wondering why he doesn’t go to Mary and Martha. Some even doubt his calling, as Satan reminds them that he’d let John die in prison. Will he ignore us in trial or loss? Is this how he treats his friends?

After two days Jesus says “Lets go to Judea.”

Why didn’t he go two days ago? they wonder, they had thought he was staying away from Jerusalem, so they say, “Lord, they tried to kill you there!”

“If you’re doing your own thing, you should worry, but if you’re walking with God, there’s no need to,” he responds, and then continues, “Our friend Lazarus is asleep; I’ll go wake him.”

They naturally think he’s talking about sleep and say, “But Lord, if he’s sleeping he’ll get well. Why go now?” His timing is a mystery to them.

Then he clears it up, “Lazarus is dead. And I’m glad, for your sakes, I wasn’t there, so you’ll have more reason to believe. Let’s go to him.”

Thomas, sure that they’ll all die, rallies their support saying, “Let’s go die with him.”

John 11:1-16


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