1 Someone got sick, Lazarus from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.
2 Mary was the one who had anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair; it was her brother Lazarus who got sick.
3 That was why the sisters sent a message to him: “Lord, your friend is sick.”
4 When Jesus heard it, he said, “This sickness is not to death but is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”
resurrection on order
If you are a Christian, and you are sick today, your sickness is not to death. I’m not saying you will not die. You might. But your death will not be the ultimate result of your sickness. You have a friend, just like Lazarus did. If you die, your friend – Jesus – will weep at your tomb. And some day soon, your friend Jesus will come back and raise you from the dead. Because he is the Resurrection and the Life.
You may recover from your illness or injury, and live for a while longer. But God has determined to glorify his Son ultimately by rescuing you from death permanently. Your resurrection is on order. It will happen. And it will glorify the Son.
Lord, come quickly – your friends are sick.