Lazarus the brother of Mary and Martha was sick. The sisters sent to Jesus because they knew He loved their brother and also believed He could heal him verse 4. Jesus deliberately delayed His journey to Bethany for two more days until Lazarus died! When Jesus eventually told them Lazarus had died, the norm to them was to go and commiserate with the deceased family, but Jesus had a different agenda verse 11-16.
When Jesus showed up, Lazarus was already dead for four days, verse 17. Martha believed that if Jesus was around earlier, He would have healed their brother but that it was too late now. Jesus responded that “I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE! verse 20-27. Martha did not understand the Resurrection is a person and not an event. But Jesus proved that He had power over death; V 43-44 “And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, loose him, and let him go”.
There are situations in our lives that we truly can attest to that they are dead. That is not really a problem. The real problem is when people have become so used to God, can quote bible verses well, tell stories of great revivals, motivate people but are actually limited in their faith like Martha. Outwardly, they are giants but midget inwardly. When Jesus commanded the stone blocking the grave removed, Martha tried to prevent Him. Many times it is not the absence of “THE RESURRECTION AND LIFE” that is hindering our miracles, but our unbelief! We conclude many issues like Martha and hereby prevent the stone of unbelief from being removed.
Prayer points: 1) I roll away every stone of unbelief blocking my miracle in Jesus’ name.
2) Philippians 3:10 “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death”.