175. “This sickness will not end in death” (John 11:4).
Here’s the good news of the Gospel. That which we took as defeat will never be defeat in the end. Though, like Mary and Martha, we might anticipate a different road to travel, the end result will be life. Nothing can conquer those who put their trust in God. He brings victory out of every seeming defeat. Lazarus will get as close to death as one might think possible–four days in the tomb is about as final as we can imagine. But that’s not the end after all. For there is a resurrection coming, and that gift of life is where the end truly begins.