Redemptive Withdrawal (The Cross) in John 11
- Jesus remains WITHDRAWN for four days and lets Satan and his power of death (Heb 2:14; 1 Cor 15:26) do all he can do. God does not cause people to die of sickness. Satan does. John 8:44; 10:10. Satan is always “the destroyer.” 1 Cor 10:10-11. Jesus takes the blame from Martha for what Satan has done as He did with Job and Job’s three friends. Job 1, 2 and 42. John 11:32. To have rescued Lazarus before the appropriate time would have been to miss out on much testimony, revelation, blessing, freedom and glory!
- Jesus’ purpose in withdrawing and allowing Satan to attack Lazarus is REDEMPTIVE: to glorify His Father by raising Lazarus before a great crowd of people and to “loose” Lazarus from his bindings, a type of freeing of Lazarus which symbolizes our being freed from bondage to sin, self, death, the law and Satan’s power. Rom 6:7; 7:1-6. Our death with Christ causes our chains of slavery to the law and sin to be broken apart and fall away. The veil is also taken away from our eyes thru the cross. 2 Cor 3: 14-18. Lazarus’ face had been covered with a napkin. V44.
- God GRIEVES and SUFFERS WITH US when we get sick, suffer or die at Satan’s hands. “Jesus wept.” See V45, which by the way is the shortest verse in the Bible.
- God allows Satan to suffer an aikido-like SELF-DESTRUCTIVE effect by allowing Satan to make sick and even kill thereby facilitating the glory of God and effecting our freedom from bondage, like Lazarus, thru the cross!! “Loose him and let him go!” Remember Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego who were also “loosed” from their bindings in the fiery furnace of Daniel 3. Satan’s own assaults against us “loose” us from his power. 1 Cor 5:5; Luke 22:31-32. Satan, thru the very same cross he causes, loses his own power over people. 1 Cor 2:6-8; Ps 9:15-16; Col 2:15. This is a mystery that not even he and his fallen-angel-follower principalities and powers seem to understand. Eph 3:8-10.