This is the final week of the So That series. This week we are studying John 11:4: “But when Jesus heard it he said, “This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”
Jesus was referring to the illness that struck Lazarus; an illness that led to his death – the occasion for a miraculous resurrection powered by Jesus, so that people would witness His mastery over death. Death is the great enemy for mankind, and Jesus demonstrated that His power is greater.
There’s something even greater at work. To be free from the covenant of the law one must die. Jesus offered to die for us so the covenant would be fulfilled (Heb. 9:15), and we are released from it. We believe that we put to death our sinful nature with Christ so that we will live with him (Rom. 6:5-11). Death is defeated. Sure, we too will physically die, but “we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his” (Rom. 6:5). Jesus will be glorified in our death.
In our case, we can trust that everything – every mishap, misfortune, sickness, everything that was intended to bring us down – may be substituted for the “it” in John 11:4. It is for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified in it. May we trust God with every detail of life.