John 11:17 “Then when Jesus came, he found that he had [lain] in the grave four days already.”
John 11:21 “Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died.”
One other interesting lesson to pick up from the story of Lazarus is that God is never late!
In our focal scripture, Jesus finally arrived Bethany and was told that his precious friend was dead and had been buried for four days. In actual fact, Martha said Jesus’ late arrival accounted for their brother’s death.
She didn’t know God can change a full stop to a comma and change an end to a bend. As far as she was concerned Jesus’ coming was no longer of use. They already had enough of  ‘professional mourners’. As a matter of fact, they were already trying to get over the death of their brother.
It is sad the way we treat God on several occasions. We have issues and put the whole blame on Him. Several times we view God from the perspective of our limited scope. We think once we are helpless He must be too. How wrong we are?
That we can’t find a way out doesn’t mean He can’t too. I believe one of the reasons Jesus showed up after 4 days is to help us understand that operations on the earth realm cannot solve our problems.
In bible numerology, 4 is the number of the earth. The earth has 4 cardinal points (North, South, East and West). On the fourth day of what is called ‘creation week’ God completed the material universe.
On this day, He brought into existence the sun, moon, and all the stars (Genesis 1:14-19). Their purpose was not only to give off light, but also to separate the day from the night on earth, thus becoming a basic demarcation of time.
Since 4 represents the earth, Jesus appeared on the fourth day to show that perception from the earth realm can’t solve the problems on earth.
To be continued…
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