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Never Late

Updated: Feb 11, 2022

John 11:1-6, 17, 21, 25-26

Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 It was the Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.

Mary, Martha and Lazarus were personal friends of Jesus. Who better to have as a personal friend when you’ve come down with a sickness but the Son of God himself? However, from their perspective it did no good if he wasn’t there to lay his hands on the sick friend.

3 So the sisters sent word to Him, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.” 4 But when Jesus heard this, He said, “This sickness is not to end in death, but for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified by it.” 5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6 So when He heard that he was sick, He then stayed two days longer in the place where He was.

As Lazarus sickness got worse, they undoubtedly became anxious and began to worry. They sent a messenger to him to pass along the message to “Hurry and get home before Lazarus dies!”

Think about what it was like for Mary and Martha. They were close personal friends of Jesus and when they need him the most, he’s nowhere to be found! How many times have you desperately needed Jesus to show up in your circumstances and it appears he’s ‘nowhere to be found’? No doubly they spent hour after hour expecting he’d show up. Those hours turned into days and still no Jesus.

17 So when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the tomb four days.

21 Martha then said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.

Mary and Martha have long past accepted defeat by this point. Dead four days and the Son of God shows up late. Way too late. Is that where you are today? Have you accepted defeat because it’s long past the point of healing? Long past the point of turning that situation around? Long past your carnal perspective of needing him to show up in your circumstance? Oh child! Your circumstance never dictates early or late; Jesus does and he’s NEVER TOO LATE!

25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?”

Regardless of what you see with your carnal eyes, it’s never too late. Even if your circumstance dies, he can resurrect it long past the day of death.


One thing my mom always reminded me of, even though he’s never late, he’s never early either!

Today is your circumstance sick? Is your circumstance slowly dying before your eyes? Is your circumstance long dead?

Child, he makes all things new. Sick, dying or dead – he’s never late!

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