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Summary: At some points in life, we do not get all we desires at our own time despite prayer; at such time God is waiting for a reason, wait for him, don't give up, WAIT FOR HIM

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GOD IS NEVER LATE

John 11: 1-15

John 11:1-15

1 Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.

2 (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.)

3 Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest 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 might be glorified thereby.

5 Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.

6 When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was.

7 Then after that saith he to his disciples, Let us go into Judaea again.

8 His disciples say unto him, Master, the Jews of late sought to stone thee; and goest thou thither again?

9 Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world.

10 But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him.

11 These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.

12 Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well.

13 Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep.

14 Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.

15 And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him. KJV

INTRODUCTION

Reading through John 11 brings to the mind that Jesus great miracle of rising up Lazarus from the dead. Beyond the miracle there are many more lessons to be learnt from this story. The one we are learning this morning is found in verse 6:

John 11:6

6 When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was. KJV

Why did he wait TWO DAYS more?

Even though he had heard that Lazarus His friend (his lover) was sick;

John 11:3

3 Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick. KJV

It is noteworthy that the whole of family of Lazarus are devoted lovers of Christ. May the Lord give us the grace to raise a family that loves Christ! With unity in the family

John 11:2

2 (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.) KJV

Do everything within your reach to make every member of your household lovers of Christ

John 11:5

5 Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.

KJV

Remember He said …”ye are my friends; if you do whatsoever I commanded you”

o If you love Christ…

o If you are friend of Jesus…

o And you are experiencing one trouble of the other…

He delayed for a reason.

That two days waiting may be years in your own case

He delayed for a reason; wait for him.

1. WHY DID HE WAIT SO LONG?

2. HE HAS POWER TO DO ALL THINGS

3. WAIT FOR HIM; HE CAN NEVER BE LATE

1. WHY DID HE WAIT SO LONG?

John 11:6

6 When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was. KJV


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