kjv@John:11:24@ Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.
kjv@John:11:25@ Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
kjv@John:11:26@ And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
kjv@John:11:27@ She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.
kjv@John:11:28@ And when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come, and calleth for thee.
kjv@John:11:29@ As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly, and came unto him.
kjv@John:11:30@ Now Jesus was not yet come into the town, but was in that place where Martha met him.
kjv@John:11:31@ The Jews then which were with her in the house, and comforted her, when they saw Mary, that she rose up hastily and went out, followed her, saying, She goeth unto the grave to weep there.
kjv@John:11:32@ Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.
kjv@John:11:33@ When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled,
kjv@John:11:34@ And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see.
I am not sure that this could be read that we all sleep when we die just as not all sickness is for the glory of God. In this particular case it is certain. Sickness unto death is most often because it is appointed for all men to die the first death. Once dead it is most likely that that very day we see Him in His kingdom.
Jesus only did what He saw the Father doing, that was His light. Light is also described as knowledge in the glory of God, and the love for brethren. While the disciple's concern for their Lord's safety is sincere and honest, it is not of this light. We too must properly weigh this into our considerations as well, not allowing fear to swallow up light.
How often do we say something similar? Had He been here, had He done this, if only He had not delayed, had He made His will known sooner this would not have happened. All that we truly understand is our own pain and or predicament without giving consideration to His omnipresence and sovereignty and glory. Difficult but proper to consider.
Knowing cause and reason and outcome does not eliminate emotion. No doubt moved by His own personal love for this friend, moved by those weeping all around, touched by the sorrow of all mankind, even the universal ageless sense of human dimension, this the shortest verse in the Bible is soaked through with Divine love and devotion.
This seems to be the sense amongst the crowd that something could have been done. Some in a accusing sense, some in a disappointed sense. The focus is on what could have been done and not on what will be done. Imagine what the 12 must have been observing knowing what Jesus had days earlier predicted would happen next.