John 11 is one of my favorite passages in the Bible. Not only is it such a dynamic passage, it also shows Jesus’s heart while here on earth. His heart was to glorify His Father.
In this chapter the main story is about raising Lazarus from the dead. Jesus wasn’t present when Lazarus died. Beyond that, when he heard Lazarus was ill, he tarried for two more days until he went and saw Lazarus.
After those two days Jesus and His disciples returned to Judea. Upon arriving, they were met with the news that Lazarus had died. Of course this was not news to Jesus as he already told the disciples, “Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.”
Why would Jesus not just heal Lazarus before he died? And why did Jesus make such a production of it?
The answer to these questions are the same. Jesus’ purpose for raising Lazarus was to glorify His Father. After taking the stone away, Scripture states, “Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me. And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.”
We ought to pray for God’s miraculous intervention in our lives today. God still does miracles. The purpose of those miracles are to bring honor and glory to God. When we ask God to work a miracle, we need to make sure it’s not for selfish reasons. Ask God today to reveal Himself to you in a miraculous way. In a way only He can.