Matthew 11:28-29

28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

Come unto me, those are the first three words of this Bible verse, and those words mean everything! Those are your instructions, and now it is up to you to obey them.

I was recently reading about the resurrection of Lazarus in the book of John. The resurrection was so amazing and wonderful that I glossed over a lot of the “details” mentioned in the story. You might have already thought about these things, but I am going to list some of the details that I found amazing.

John 11

This chapter starts by telling us that Lazarus was sick and that he was from Bethany. It also tells us that Lazarus had two sisters, Mary and Martha and that Mary was the one who poured out perfume on Jesus’s feet. These are the two sisters that Jesus had visited in their home, and Jesus knew them well.

Sent for Jesus

The sisters sent a messenger to tell Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.” Jesus knew the family, and He loved them. What would you do for those that you love? I know that I would do anything and everything in my power to come to their aid. But, Jesus had a different response and one that was baffling.

Two More Days

Jesus, after hearing that Lazarus was sick, said in verse 4: “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” Then, Jesus stayed where He was for TWO days. The story was already written. Jesus knew the plan. But, none of the people who loved Lazarus knew, and I am sure that they were confused, and possibly aggravated that Jesus didn’t drop what He was doing. Remember, Jesus loved these people, so I am sure that they thought that He would come quickly and heal Lazarus. Once Jesus is ready to leave for Bethany, He told the disciples that He was “going there to wake him up.”

Jesus Is Coming

Verse 17 gave an interesting detail that I had missed or didn’t understand before. Lazarus was dead, and he had been in the tomb for FOUR days. Joe told me a long time ago (don’t know that he is correct) that people used to have a “wake” in their homes after someone died. They would stay up with the body, just in case the deceased decided to “wake” up. Several people were raised from the dead by someone other than Jesus. Elijah, Peter, and Paul all raised someone from the dead, but not after four days. This was different; all hope was lost; he was put in the tomb!

When Martha heard the news that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him. She did not wait for Him to come to her. Do you think that Martha was upset with the Lord? I honestly don’t know, and you can’t hear the tone of her words in verse 21-22. Martha said, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died.’ Were those words spoken in despair and sadness, or were they spoken in frustration and anger? No matter her tone, her next words tell us of her belief in the Lord. “But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.” And, in verse 27, she says, “I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.”

She had to be sad, upset, and in deep mourning over her brother. But, through the sadness and tears, she came to Jesus and declared that He was the Son of God.

Martha Goes to Tell Mary

After Martha declared that Jesus was the Son of God, she goes back and tells Mary that “The Teacher is here, and he is asking for you.” Do you think that Martha was excited when she was telling Mary this? Because it says that Mary got up quickly and went to him. Mary went; Jesus did not come to her.

Now it was Mary’s time to say these words, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” We know that she was crying and upset. Remember, Jesus knew these people, and He loved them dearly. So, even though He knew the ending of the story, He was still deeply moved and troubled by her pain. AND HE WEPT!

Raising The Dead

Jesus arrives at Lazarus’s tomb and tells them to “take away the stone.” Poor Martha had thought that Jesus was going to the grave to pay his respects and had no idea what was going to happen. Then, Martha told the Lord that since Lazarus had been dead for so many days that there would be a bad odor. Jesus asked her this question, “did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” Martha did believe, but I think that she thought Jesus was talking about later in the afterlife, not right at that minute.

Jesus then calls upon God, and then He calls Lazarus out of the tomb. Stop right here for a minute. Can you imagine the looks that everyone is giving each other? I can see sideways glances and shrugged shoulders and probably a few eye rolls when Jesus said those words. But, then imagine their expressions when Lazarus “walks” out of the tomb, still wrapped in the strips of linen from the burial!

This entire story is amazing! But, the thing that struck me is that Mary, Martha, and Lazarus all came to Jesus.

The Bible is full of verses that tell us to come to Him.

John 5:40

40 yet you refuse to come to me to have life.

Isaiah 55:1-3

55 “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters, and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare. Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David.

Revelation 22:17

17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come, and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.

John 6:35

35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

The Lord loves us just as He loved Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. And like He did with the three of them, He also invites us to come.  We are to tell Him all of our burdens, even though He already knows them. We are to tell Him our fears, even though He already knows them. And, we are to go to Him when we are frustrated that He didn’t take care of a situation like we thought He would. Believe me; He already knows that you are frustrated and maybe even angry. But, He still wants you to go to Him, praise Him, and declare your faith in Him.

Today, go to the Lord and tell Him everything. Then, let the Lord take your burdens and give you His peace instead.

Have A Blessed Sunday!


    • Tania Reply

      I loved the story of Lazarus. It has so many layers, but all of them push us toward the end result.

  1. Wow!! Loved how you told the story along with Scripture!!
    Now more than ever we need to Come to Christ.
    He’s our Refuge, Strength, Comforter most of all our Saviour !!

    • Tania Reply

      Julie, you are right that he is our Refuge, Strength, Comforter, and Saviour!

  2. Wonderful post and well needed by all of us in these trying times. Turning our burdens over to Christ is the only way to achieve peace. Thank you for sharing and God Bless.

    • Tania Reply

      Peace can be difficult to attain, especially right now. But, we don’t have the ability to change the situation, but the Lord does.

  3. Beautifully said! He’s always there with open arms…Just Come.

    • Tania Reply

      Always! We never have to worry about being turned away.

  4. Wonderful post today Tania something we all needed today thank you for sharing have a wonderful day.

    • Tania, wonderful post. Thank you for honoring our Lord and Savior every week with your Sunday posts. God bless you.

      To confirm what Joe said about people having a “wake” in their homes…..it is true. I am a number of years older than you but I recall this being a standard practice. I recall my dad going to sit up all night with a body at someone’s home….there were usually another person that would join him.

      • Tania Reply

        I had always heard of a “wake”, but I never knew why it was called that.

  5. kristin greene Reply

    Loved all the verses you shared that had the word come in it. I don’t think that word stood out to me in the Lazarus story before. Something for me to think on and figure out what that looks like in my life.

    • Tania Reply

      It was something that had never stood out to be before either.

  6. Cynthia Willis Reply

    Such a wonderful lesson for us. The story of 3000 who came to accept and believe in Jesus is told in Acts 2:37-41, when they asked what they needed to do and Peter replied, “Repent and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins… Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about 3000 souls were added to them.

    Faith demands obedience. Obedience brings salvation. Praise God.

    • Tania Reply

      Exactly! We all have to show some action/obedience, not just hear the words.

  7. Tania, that was a wonderful rendition of a familiar story, but you brought out emotions, details, and truths in a way we might not have considered. This was an uplifting post on a bit of a dreary day! Thank you.

    • Tania Reply

      Thanks, Melinda. I am glad that you liked the post. It is dreary here today also.

  8. Jesus had to wait on the Fathers timing. Lazarus had to be in the grave that long so those around him would know without doubt that he was dead. It must have hurt Jesus because he was feeling their pain but he knew they were about to witness a miracle. He obeyed the Father and didn’t lean to his own understanding. i love this story about Jesus. He wept. I wonder how many times we make him cry because we are stubborn and just like the Israelites of old, we don’t come to him in times of trouble. Beautiful post Tania!

    • Tania Reply

      I agree, Eve. There is no telling how many times we have brought Jesus to tears. That is such a sad and sobering thought, but it is probably true.

  9. Thank you for this wonderful, calming post Tania. Happy Sunday and blessings to you and your family.

    • Tania Reply

      Thank you, Cheryene. I hope your Sunday was blessed also.

  10. Another GOOD sharing of faith. I LOVE the story of Lazarus.

    Yes, Joe is correct & I’m surprised you doubted him,lol When my grandfather died, I was a young girl and they had the casket and wake at the house. People were “assigned” to sit up with with the deceased. I also remember family members going to various funeral homes to sit with the deceased, usually in pairs. In fact, in my family and area it has not been that far removed. Also someone (even happens now) stays behind to ensure the deceased is properly interned and not molested or personal belongings removed. These are some of the “old” ways. Also, Ray Stevens wrote a funny song on Stittin’ Up With The Dead…..I’m sure you can find it on YouTube. It actually explains it pretty well.

  11. Barbara E Burton Reply

    Beautiful! I think you should lead an online Bible study with us Tania!

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