“When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still.” John 11:6
Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. You would have expected him to hurry to Bethany. There is a love that tarries until we grumble: “If you had been here… this wouldn’t have happened.”
Martha said, “I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” She believed in the doctrine of the resurrection. But Jesus immediately made it a personal thing: “I am the resurrection and the life” (11:24, 25). So many of us have our theology straight but we need to see him who gathers up all doctrine in himself, by whom it all consists. Then theology becomes doxology!
“Said I not unto thee, that, if you would believe, you should see the glory of God?” (11:40). Yes, but we still insist on seeing first, we are such slaves to sense. Are you standing by the grave of the impossible in your life, the thing that just simply can’t be done… and yet there he stands, saying, “Believe, and you shall see.”
But he also said, “Take ye away the stone,” and you, like Martha, have objected: “It would create too great a stench in my home, in my church, among the neighbors.” You don’t dare remove the thing that hinders. So he does no mighty works for you because of your unbelief.
“Said I not…?” “Whatever he says to you, do it.” And the impossible shall be done.