Today let’s focus on a Bible miracle from the book of John. Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead, Part 2 (John 11:1-46)
This miracle comes in 3 parts. Part 1 is the preparation for the miracle that we looked at in the last blog. Part 2 is the prelude to the miracle. Part 3 is the performance of the miracle. In this blog we are going to focus on Part 2. When Jesus finally arrived in Bethany where Lazarus had lived, He was received with tears and grief by Lazarus’ sisters. But this only served to heighten the importance of the miracle.
Ask the children…
Who met Jesus when He got to Bethany and what did she say?
“When Martha got word that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him. But Mary stayed in the house. Martha said to Jesus, ‘Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask.’” (John 11:20-22)
What did the other sister Mary say to Jesus?
“When Mary arrived and saw Jesus, she fell at his feet and said, ‘Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died.'” (John 11:32)
How did Jesus respond to the grief of the sisters and His friend’s death? What did those watching Him say?
“Then Jesus wept. The people who were standing nearby said, ‘See how much he loved him!’ But some said, ‘This man healed a blind man. Couldn’t he have kept Lazarus from dying?'” (John 11: 35-37)
In Part 2 we can see how much Jesus loved Mary and Martha and Lazarus. He really cared about their pain, but Jesus had something better in mind for them than they could have ever dreamed of. He didn’t want this to be just a healing, but a miracle that would be remembered for all time.
Sometimes God allows us to go through very difficult times in order to prepare us to better receive and to be more thankful for a miracle He has in mind for us. This prelude to the miracle set the stage for the healing event that was just around the corner for Lazarus.
Ask your children if they can think of a time that they had to wait for something and when they finally got it they were much more thankful as a result of having to wait. Thank God that He makes us wait so that we can trust Him and grow.
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