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Jesus Raises His Friend Lazarus from the Dead, Part 6

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TEXT: John 11:11-16

G. Campbell Morgan said, "We may learn that God often permits us to pass into profounder darkness, and deeper mysteries of pain, in order that we may prove more perfectly His power."

The disciples now know that Lazarus is dead. And Jesus Christ is finally on His way to Bethany. The disciples probably think Jesus is going there to be with Mary and Martha in their grief, but that is not the case. In fact, Jesus does not seem to be in a grieving mood.

After telling them plainly that "Lazarus is dead," Jesus says, "I am glad." Announcing someone's death and declaring our own gladness at the same time would not occur to us; indeed, it would not be acceptable in our society. But the word translated "glad" in our English Bible means "to rejoice, to rejoice exceedingly, to be cheerful, or to greet someone joyfully." The news of Lazarus' death was not cause for sadness for Jesus. Let's look at part of the reason why.

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