Lord, if you had been here…

The title of this post comes from the lips of Martha and later from the lips of her sister Mary in John 11.  Independently of one another, these sisters both say, “Lord, if you had been here our brother would not have died” when they go out to meet Jesus as he approached their hometown.  They had sent messengers to him days earlier in hopes that Jesus would come immediately and heal their brother or at least speak words of healing from where Jesus was.  They knew of Jesus’ power.  They had heard of, or possibly even witnessed, his miracles of healing.  But beyond that, they knew Jesus as a close friend, and they knew Jesus loved their brother Lazarus as they did.

But Jesus didn’t come when they called.  Instead he waited, and Lazarus died.  And Jesus did all this on purpose.

Life is so hard when, as faithful disciples of Jesus, we feel like God is being faithless.  But Jesus would show Mary, Martha, and all who were there as witnesses that God is even more faithful than they could have ever imagined.

Sunday morning at East Point, we’ll talk more about the incredible message of Jesus– he who is resurrection and life.


About PatrickBarber

Preaching Minister East Point Church of Christ Wichita, Kansas
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