11 Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 It was that Mary who anointed the Lord with fragrant oil and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick. 3 Therefore the sisters sent to Him, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.”
4 When Jesus heard that, He said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”
Is sickness always bad? Is sickness in this life always avoidable? As Christians, we often pray for someone who is sick to get better. I don’t know if I have ever been in a prayer meeting when we did not pray for someone we knew who was sick.
I suppose you know that all sickness is the result of sin. Before Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden there was no sickness and there was no death. The first death came after the first sin. God killed two lambs to atone for sin and to provide sanctified clothing for the now sin-filled couple.
As people have gotten farther and farther from God, their fallen bodies have developed more germs, more viruses, and more diseases. The Fall of mankind was the introduction of sickness. Often when Jesus healed people He told them go and sin no more. This indicates that some sickness is directly related to sin. We know this in regards to lung cancer, liver disease, brain damage, AIDS, venereal diseases and so on.
Lazarus, a friend of Jesus, got sick. It was an aggressive sickness for it took his life. Why did Lazarus get sick? This time, we have the omnipotent view of the story for Jesus said that Lazarus’ sickness was for the glory of God that the Son might be glorified through his sickness. Are there times when God makes us sick so that He can receive glory through it? Look at Job and we have to answer a great big “Yes” to that question. Blind Bartimaus was blind from birth so Jesus could heal him at forty years of age.
And while we glory with God in the healing and recovering of sight, if we were those who were made sick or blind we would have grieved with the pain and the change of life that the malady caused. When we get sick, as we pray for healing, let us also pray that God will be glorified in our sickness. Let us pray that we will see God’s purpose in our illness. Sure, we confess sin but sickness is not always because we have sinned. Yes, we have fallen bodies susceptible to sin but our particular illness may not be related to our sin. Perhaps the Lord has a greater purpose for our illness, which is, to bring glory to Himself.
Yesterday’s message on the greatness of God’s name related to the greatness of His working, was an important message for our church at this time. We are in need of $12,000 immediately. God knows this and we are anticipating what He is going to do. Last week we shared the gospel with dozens of people on the River Walk and long to see God work mightily in those lives to bring them to Himself. Pray with me that God would indeed work mightily today to bring about great praise to His great name.
Yesterday’s message will be on the church website today.
Have a great day in the Lord,