Jesus told her, “Your brother will rise again.” “Yes,” Martha said, “he will rise when everyone else rises, at the last day.” Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?”
I love the story of Jesus raising Lazarus. I am struck by verse 15: “For your sakes, I’m glad I wasn’t there, for NOW you will really believe.” It’s as if Jesus allows some things die in our lives “for our sakes.” Why do you think He does this?
Jesus isn't afraid of death for He is life. What we fear, He can overcome. What is impossible for us is possible for Him. So Jesus says He was glad that He wasn't there when Lazarus died because, without this moment, they would not have the this experience to build true hope and life.
They were about to find out that Jesus was the resurrection and the life. We too will walk through moments that seem impossible, but it is only in these moments that we discover a new characteristic of our God. How do we know He is perfect love that drives out fear, if we do not face fear? How do we know that He is our provider, if we do not have a need? How do we know He is our salvation, if we do not realize our sin leads to death?
He calls us to walk on water because He knows He has power to suspend gravity. How will we know who He is if we don't obey His call to get out of the boat?
Wow, so good! The moments of seemingly impossible obstacles/walls are not meant to diminish our faith but to build it.