Lazarus and Miracle Max

In John 11, there's a fascinating account of Jesus' friend Lazarus who was sick. Jesus was asked to come, but he stayed where he was for 2 more days. What a strange reaction! His reaction was, "this will end in God being glorified", and stayed put. Why on earth would He do this? He even knew that Lazarus had died and yet didn't seem to do anything about it.

The thing is, Jesus, being in very nature God, always does everything with perfect purpose. In this case, John tells us that He arrived 4 days after Lazarus had died. Obviously it was too late to do anything, and Lazarus' sister and Jesus' friend Martha came and said, "If you had only been here, he wouldn't have died." What's going on?

But there's always more to the story. That 4 days was significant because there was a belief amoung the rabbis that a person's soul "hung around" for 3 days after death. So Lazarus may have been only mostly dead for 3 days. But on the fourth, no one would have had any doubt that he was dead dead.

So Jesus goes there to demonstrate His power. 4 days after Lazarus dies, Jesus calls him out of the grave, and out comes Lazarus. The onlookers were rightfully amazed, because there can't be any doubt that this was a legitimate act of someone being raised from the dead.

There's so much more going on in this account, but for now, here's why I tell you this...

We just had a visit from the docs, and the pathology report is still a ways from conclusive. It's likely that we won't have any results until Thursday now. 4 days after the biopsy. Now, please hear me, I'm not equating this with Lazarus' story, but the point is that we are going to be waiting. Again. And I'm finding myself in the shoes of the disciples of John 11. I can just imagine them saying, "Lord, why on earth would we wait? You can do something about it, and you can do it now. This doesn't make sense!"

But here's the thing. I know this is going to end with life, and with glory being given to God. I know it. No matter what. I don't know if there's still a miracle coming, or if there's "normal" healing coming through chemo, radiation, or whatever. I don't know if there's earthly healing coming at all. But no matter what, there will be life. (Which is another of the main points of John 11, by the way.) These next few days are going to continue to be frustrating as we just sit and wait. But this is going to end in life for Davis. That much I know without a shadow of a doubt.

And lest you think I'm getting ahead of myself, I know that Davis is very very far from even being a candidate for treatment by Miracle Max. Other than the cancer (yes, I'm going to call it that - it may not be, but we're going to treat it that way for now), he's doing fairly well - stable vital signs, watching his favourite shows, and generally ok. We continue to wait and pray for a miraculous healing, or to wait for news of an "ordinary" healing process, and we look for small things to enjoy about each day. We're just not going to know much more for a couple days, so we're going to figure out more about what it means to wait.

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