This post is Day 11 in a series of studies about “Surprises”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.

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Surprises – Day 11

John 11:5-6

Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, so when He heard that Lazarus was sick, He stayed where He was two more days.

The Thought

These two verses seem totally illogical. Surely, if we love somebody we would want to go and help them in times of trouble! Mary and Martha had asked in faith for Jesus’ help, reminding Him that they knew how much Jesus loved this friend. Jesus rarely did things according to the world’s logic, and in this case, refused to respond. This was a bad surprise for those two sisters. But God had a plan!

God’s plan was to surprise them more than they could dare to hope. On the fourth day He was going to raise Lazarus from the dead. This was a forerunner of what Father God was going to do for His beloved Son, raising Him from the dead on the third day! One of the biggest surprises the world has ever seen!

The disappointment of Mary and Martha was wonderfully turned into joy, when Jesus arrived and called their brother out of the tomb where he had been buried 4 days earlier!


Read John chapter 11 and feel all the emotions behind the words. Imagine the sorrow of Mary and Martha as they called for help from Jesus, the only one they knew who could help their dying brother. Imagine their hurt when He didn’t arrive. Then feel their joy at seeing their brother raised from the dead. What an amazing surprise that was! Bigger than they could have dared to ask or could even have imagined.

Ephesians 3:20 … He who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.

Dare to ask Jesus to do something big for you or for someone you love today, remembering that verse from Ephesians.

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