As Jesus hears word of the serious sickness of his very close friend Lazarus, he makes an amazing statement, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it” (John 11.4, emphasis added). Knowing what he was going to do in raising Lazarus from the dead, Jesus was already beginning to prepare the disciples for the greater truths he wanted them to know.
God’s glory is a recurring theme in Scripture. One definition is “the weight of the majestic goodness of who God is and the resulting name, or reputation, that he gains from revealing himself as Creator, Sustainer, Judge, and Redeemer, perfect in justice and mercy, loving-kindness and truth. God’s glory elicits praise” (NIV Zondervan Study Bible, 2015, p.2640).
God’s glory was about to be seen in both the immediate resurrection of Lazarus and the soon coming death and resurrection of Jesus.
Today, listen to “Glorious” by Paul Baloche, and remind yourself God is working for his glory as he makes you more like the Christ.