Let us take our meditation from two scriptures to convey what the Lord has in mind for us today. Friends bear this in mind that nothing takes God by surprise and He never appears late nor too late in any situation that we as Christians face daily in this life. Let’s hear what our brother John says in one of his writings:
“Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was. Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick. 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. 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. (John 11:1- 6 KJV). Have you ever thought, “It’s too late for me?” That’s what two sisters in the scripture thought, Mary and Martha. Their brother, Lazarus, was extremely sick. They sent word to their good friend, Jesus, to come to their city and pray for him. A day went by and Jesus didn’t show up. They asked the messengers, “Did you tell Jesus it was us?” “Yes, we told Him.” “Did you explain how sick Lazarus was?” “We explained it to Him.” They couldn’t understand why Jesus wouldn’t come immediately. Lazarus ended up dying. Four days later, Jesus showed up. Mary said, “Jesus, if You had been here sooner, my brother would still be alive.”
You see Mary and Martha failed to realize that Jesus is the GOD of the now and with him days does not count, glory hallelujah to the Lamb of God. Lazarus’ name is Hebrew in origin and interestingly means “God is my help.” The account of Jesus’ raising Lazarus from the dead is not just symbolic of Jesus being God and having within Himself the power to resurrect the dead…it is a story that we will all be raised someday. Some will be raised to eternal life while others will be raised to eternal judgment (Rev 20:11-15). The example of Lazarus’ being raised from the dead has important truths that the believer can learn about the plan of salvation but also has applications for the unbeliever. They also failed to know that Jesus Christ is the Resurrection and life and that he has power over all that can destroy life. No wonder brother Peter told us in 2 Peter 3:8, “But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a Thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” ( NIV) Have you ever felt like God showed up too late? If He’d just got there a little sooner, maybe things would have worked out. That’s the way these sisters felt. But Jesus spoke to Lazarus, and he came back to life. The sisters wanted Jesus to come and heal their brother. But Jesus wasn’t thinking about a healing, He was thinking about a resurrection. A healing would have been good, but Jesus had something better in mind. Always remember, God has another option. No matter how bad your circumstances look, it’s never too late with Him! May the Lord grant us help in due time as we call upon Him in Jesus name Amen.