“Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, put their faith in Him.” – John 11:45
Sometimes in life things happen that just cause us to say, “Why, God?” It’s usually after an unexpected event, something we did not see coming and the outcome was something we did not like. Things can just seem so unfair. The loss of a loved one suddenly or maybe being diagnosed with cancer are just some of the examples that could cause a believer to wonder, what’s going on. In these moments it’s hard to understand how God is at work; we just want everything to be ok, but sometimes it’s not.
Jesus was even asked this very question of why as he was on his way to meet with some very close friends in John 11. Jesus was apparently very close with three siblings: Mary, Martha, and their brother Lazarus. Jesus gets word that Lazarus is sick and after a few days begins a journey to where the family lives in Bethany. As Jesus is approaching, Martha comes out to him and basically asks Him why, saying “If you had been here, my brother would not have died.” Why weren’t you here? You could have stopped this!
To get the full understanding of this passage, we need to look at the immediate response from Jesus in John 11:4. “When Jesus heard this (that Lazarus was sick) Jesus said, ‘This sickness will not end in death. No it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified.’” The answer for why is so that Jesus may be glorified. Jesus will raise Lazarus from the dead! Now we need to read John 11:45. “Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, put their faith in Him.” The people saw and believed!
We have the same answer to our questions of why. To bring glory to the name of Jesus. Maybe it sounds odd, but that is the answer. When we are in our struggles to understand why, and in those moments find comfort in Christ, that shows something to the people around us. It shows that we see a bigger picture in life. God is in control and through His Son, we can find hope, peace, and comfort even in the moments that make it seem like there isn’t any. When people see the Gospel lived out in that way, they can see and put their faith in Him.