A man named Lazarus was sick. He lived in Bethany with his sisters, Mary and Martha. This is the Mary who later poured the expensive perfume on the Lord’s feet and wiped them with her hair. Her brother, Lazarus, was sick. So the two sisters sent a message to Jesus telling him, “Lord, your dear friend is very sick.” But when Jesus heard about it he said, “Lazarus’s sickness will not end in death. No, it happened for the glory of God so that the Son of God will receive glory from this.” So although Jesus loved Martha, Mary, and Lazarus, he stayed where he was for the next two days.
Although Jesus loved them, He stayed where He was. Such a powerful statement. Just because He doesn't move immediately when we ask doesn't mean He doesn't love us. How often have I missed this? Why do you think Jesus made them wait?
I think that not only did Jesus want His love to be emphasized in the waiting, He also wanted His authority to be revealed in an even greater way. Three days dead? C'mon Jesus! How audacious!!
So then he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead, and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him ”(John 11:15). I love that Jesus talks “real." But that the miraculous is His “real” too —"Look, he's dead. But I'm going to go resurrect him.” And then, by verse 30 ("now Jesus had not yet entered the village…”) we see that He's still taking his time getting to Lazarus.
I love that Jesus is not worried or overwhelmed by our seemingly impossible needs. He is so convinced in His power to provide for us that He takes His time. Even when Jesus is four days "late," He is still on time.