Day 38: John 11:17-36

Jesus Arrives In Bethany

The essence of two angry women with “their hands on their hips,” so to speak, was not the body language they displayed that day.   Family and friends gather to mourn the death of Lazarus.   Martha makes her way out to where Jesus is waiting, while her sister Mary remains inside the house, grieving with many of the mourners who are with her.  When Martha finds Jesus, the first thing she says to Him is, “Lord, if you had been here my brother would not have died.” Her next words were an expression of her faith, “But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will grant …”

Jesus instructs those standing by the tomb to roll away the stone.  Martha objects, calling attention to how long Lazarus has been in the tomb already.  Jesus takes Martha to the bedrock of her faith.  He declares to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live even if he dies, and the one who lives and believes in me will never die.  Do you believe this?” She confesses that she does believe: “I have believed that you are the Christ, the Son of God who comes into the world.  Jesus saw Mary crying and he was troubled.  Jesus wept.  Two passages in the Gospels and one in the Epistles (Hebrews 5:7) teach that Jesus wept.  In the Gospels, our Lord wept as He looked on man’s misery, and both instances demonstrate His loving human nature, His compassion for people, and the life He offers to those who believe. Jesus’ human feelings remind us that He was both fully divine and fully man and therefore experienced all the depths of emotion that we feel.   Jesus wept at the tomb of Lazarus He felt what man felt in suffering.  He also wept over the calamity of sin which grieves God deeply, and so do the wages of sin which are death.   Jesus, who knew no sin, was about to become Lazarus’s sin, and the sin of all who had or would believe in Him so that in Him we all become the righteousness of God.  He also wept because He knew that raising Lazarus would actually cause the religious leaders to finally take action to kill Him. Giving Lazarus life was sealing His death.

Questions:

How does it help to know there is someone weeping with you when you are suffering?

Have you ever cried for someone you did not know? Is that a helpful response?

Prayer:

Dear Lord,

“Show me your ways, LORD, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.”

In Jesus Name