Journey to Jerusalem Day 38
Friday, April 3 John 11:28-37
28 When she had said this, she went and called her sister Mary, saying in private, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.” 29 And when she heard it, she rose quickly and went to him. 30 Now Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was still in the place where Martha had met him. 31 When the Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary rise quickly and go out, they followed her, supposing that she was going to the tomb to weep there. 32 Now when Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet, saying to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” 33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled. 34 And he said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” 35 Jesus wept. 36 So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” 37 But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man also have kept this man from dying?”
Jesus weeping. Imagine that. See how He loved Lazarus! See how He loved Mary and Martha, sharing in their suffering with them even though He knew He was going to raise Lazarus from the dead.
He knew. They didn’t. He could have told them that all would be okay, but He didn’t. He wept with them. Think about that: Jesus wept.
We suffer. We all suffer here on earth. But the beauty of being a follower of Jesus is we never walk alone in our suffering. Jesus is always with us.
Plus, He has placed us in fellowship with one another so that we can serve one another in our time of need; we rejoice together, and we weep together. Jesus doesn’t necessarily tell us that all will be okay, but He understands our pain and suffering, and He provides us comfort.
My dear brothers and sisters, if you are weeping or suffering, may you be comforted by knowing that Jesus weeps with you.
See how He loves you! May He give you peace in your troubles, hope in your distress, strength in your frailty, solace in your sorrow; may He see you through whatever trouble you are facing.
Jesus is able to transform and redeem your tears and your suffering for His glory. When you face difficult times, remember that Jesus wept with Mary in her sorrow while at the same time He knew He would raise Lazarus from the dead.
Now may the Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word
(2 Thessalonians 2:16-17). Amen!