It is particularly notable that this suffering has come to this family, whom John records as the special objects of Jesus' love. Indeed, John makes the shocking remark, "Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So when he heard that he was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was" [John 11:5-6]. It is the strange word "so" at the beginning of the second sentence that baffles the modern reader. We could accept "yet" or "but," but "so" means that Christ deliberately allowed this affliction and death as a sign of special favor to Lazarus. And so He did, as He often does, permit suffering to afflict those who are His special favorites. To them, as to Lazarus, a special work of healing will be done for the one He loves so much. The supreme paradigm of this is Christ Himself, who endures the most suffering and has been exalted higher than all.
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