John 11 is the problem of suffering in miniature:
Jesus could prevent the suffering (v1-6)
Instead He allows it
It’s more glorious this way.
When we turn to darkness, the Lord does not prevent us, He pursues us.
Martha doesn’t understand – she’s comforted with doctrine. (v20-27)
Mary doesn’t understand – she’s comforted with tears. (v32-35)
But Jesus doesn’t just weep, His word is incredibly powerful. (v38-44)
Jesus raises and sets free – this is His glory.
The first sight Lazarus would see is the tear-stained face of Christ.
The Resurrection suffers to bring life.
He could heal but doesn’t
His ultimate purpose is not to patch up the old creation
His glory is resurrection and the world is invited.
Some receive it, some stand against it. (v45-46)