37 On the other hand some of them said: “Was not this man, the one causing the opening of the eyes of the blind man, also able to prevent this man from dying?”
It is a sad fact of life that there will be disbelieving people. Also there are those who seem to naturally sceptical. There may be a reason for this, perhaps they have been disappointed earlier in their life, or they have been taught through experience that there is always an ulterior motive. Journalists appear to be prone to this.
Amongst those mourning the death of Lazarus there were those who thought that Jesus could have done more to prevent the death of their friend, and they were not slow in expressing their disappointment in Jesus.
It is interesting to note that they did not disbelieve that Jesus had the power to have averted the death of Jesus. They spoke about Jesus having opened the eyes of the blind man, therefore, they believed He had the power to have healed Lazarus from whatever disease he had, and so prevent his death.
They would have known that Jesus may not have been able to make the journey to Lazarus before he died, but it is possible that they also knew that Jesus had healed a royal officials son from some distance away (John 4.43-54).
Therefore, their comments may have arisen from their being disappointed in Jesus not displaying the power that they knew he had to heal Lazarus, present with him or absent.
It is not possible for us to go through life and not become disappointed at some time. Sometimes we are disappointed with ourselves, because of our own lack of achievement. At other times we may get disappointed with others and their failure to come up to our expectations, which may be unrealistic.
Then there are times when we may get disappointed with Jesus, just like the mourning Jews. This may be because what we expect from Him is not in line with His will. It may be that what we expect of Him will not bring Him the greater honour and glory.
It is at these times that we must hold on to God’s word, which tells us: And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them – Romans 8.28 (NLT).