Jesus had just received word that His beloved friend Lazarus was sick. Lazarus’ sisters, Mary and Martha, were confident that Jesus would come as quickly as possible, but we find recorded in John 11:5, 6 this strange behavior.
“Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was.”
Did you notice the “therefore”?
It was because of His love for this family that Jesus remained two more days where He was.
It just doesn’t sound logical. The disciples likely thought Jesus wanted to avoid another encounter with the Jews who had already attempted to kill Him.
Next thing you know, He was telling them they were going to Judea to wake up Lazarus. They required further explanation.
“Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead. And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there” verses 14, 15.
Here is another mind-blowing statement. Even though the disciples would eventually understand the meaning of Jesus’ added words, “to the intent ye may believe;” at the time spoken, they had no idea that Jesus was about to raise Lazarus from the dead.
Lazarus sisters and friends were likewise dealing with deep sorrow and disappointment not able to understand Jesus’ behavior – until...
God’s logic is distinct from ours. Consider Gideon’s situation. The vast armies of the Midianites and Amalekites were encamped against Israel.
Gideon mustered an army of 32,000, small in comparison, but what does God do but reduce the numbers by eliminating all the fearful and those who kneel to drink water?!
It just didn’t make sense, from a human standpoint, to battle with a mere 300, but following God’s commands did make for victory. (Read Judges 7)
The taking of Jericho is another case in point – marching around the city and then blowing trumpet s and shouting? How logical is that? Once again, victory was there for the obedient. Read Joshua 6 for a review of the story.
Jesus was experiencing considerable popularity. He had just fed five thousand men plus the women and children accompanying them and there was a move afoot to proclaim Him king.
Wasn’t that a position to be sought after? Most would think so but, “When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone” John 6:15.
Calvary does not stand up to human logic. It is too far above it – the Creator God becoming human and dying at the hands of His creatures to make their eternal salvation a possibility? That is truly a mind stretcher!
In our walk with the Lord there is so much that we can and should study to understand God’s will and way, but where we don’t understand, let us humbly trust His Word and trust His divine logic.