Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.
When He had heard therefore that he was sick, He abode two days still in the same place where He was.
Then after that saith He to His disciples, Let us go into Judaea again.
This little family of Bethany had a special place in Jesus’ heart. They offered Him hospitality, rest, fellowship, and the acknowledgement of Who He was. Their home was a place of refuge for Him and His disciples. He loved them.
So why did He deliberately wait for two days before He decided to go to them? We don’t know exactly how long the journey was to Bethany, but we know it took some time. Couldn’t He have healed Lazarus without even going there, as He did with the servant of the centurion? (Matt. 8: 5-13)
All of these questions must have been in the minds of the disciples, as well. Did they struggle with doubt, ask each other what was going on, wonder if they should say anything to Jesus?
I’m sure they did. They were human, just as we are, and all these questions arise in our minds, as well.
Still, He waited two days after receiving the message from Mary and Martha that their brother Lazarus was sick. Two days. In a time when medicine depended upon natural herbs, plants, and some very strange (to us) practices, that was a long time to wait.
Did Jesus know how sick Lazarus was? Yes, He did. His timing is always perfect.
After two days, Jesus said to His disciples, “Let’s go back into Judea.” Bethany was in Judea. Jerusalem was very near to Bethany. The disciples hesitated.