Wednesday, January 6, 2010
This Sickness is Not Unto Death!
John 11:4 "When Jesus heard that, he said 'This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby."
I recently went through a brief sickness. A few weeks ago I had a sinus cold, which turned into a chest cold, both lasting about 2 weeks. The chest cold was a little bit of concern because I have asthma, but not really a big deal because I have had them many times before. The congestion got to be very deep and started to be painful. Well, you know how it goes, when there is something wrong, and you are not sure what it is, your mind tends to fill in the blank with the worst case scenario. Not to mention, the internet didn't help because when I googled my symptoms, I got a list of various horrifying diseases that I could have possibly had. Long story short, I went to the dr and found out I had an infection that was taken care of by antibiotics.
Lazarus had gotten very sick; much sicker than I was or have ever been. His sisters Mary and Martha sent for Jesus to come and heal him, but Jesus waited. And before He could get to him, Lazarus died. During the 2 days of Jesus' intentional delay, while Lazarus was getting sicker and sicker, and his sisters more and more worried, Jesus said something amazing. He said "This sickness is not unto death (or shall not end in death), but for the glory of God..."
While I was searching all the possible reasons why I was sick, it never crossed my mind that the reason could have been nothing about me, but that God may get some glory. Lazarus' sickness and ultimate death was not about him at all. God was using him to set up a miracle, so that Jesus could raise him from the grave, God could get the glory, and those who saw it might believe. Jesus said "...Lazarus is dead, and I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe..."
Maybe someone reading this now is facing a sickness and you are asking yourself, "why me", "why this", or "why now." Let "second-chance-at-life" Lazarus remind you that God is in control, that He very well could be using you as a vessel for a miracle, and that this sickness in not unto death, but that God may be glorified.
Read the whole story of Lazarus