Day 23 of Lent - Lazarus

John 11.1-44 (Click here to read on YouVersion)

This is the story of Jesus' greatest miracle. His friend, Lazarus, who had been in the grave four days was raised to life.

I. Love. This. Story.

Theologians call this the last of the "seven great signs" in John's Gospel. These miracles, or signs, in the gospel account are presented as proof of Jesus' identity as the Son of God and the Messiah.

This miracle is the forshadowing of Jesus' coming death and resurrection. That's why Jesus says to Martha,

"I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?"

And Martha's response is,

"Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God."

But here's one of my favorite parts of the story:

John 11 is where we find the shortest verse in scripture. When Jesus arrives at the tomb of Lazarus, seeing Mary & Martha's grief, the scripture simply says in John 11:35, "Jesus wept."

Why did Jesus weep? He knew He was going to resurrect His friend. He knew that this death wasn't permanent. So, why was He grieving?

Jesus wept at the broken hearts of His friends Mary & Martha. He was moved to compassion and moved to tears when He witnessed their grief. Jesus cared about their suffering. So, Jesus wept.

As Christians, we put our faith in the Messiah just like Lazarus, Mary, and Martha did. We believe in His healing and resurrecting power. We believe He still works miracles. But none of that exempts us from experiencing pain in this life. We still sometimes suffer.

I love that Jesus doesn't rebuke us for hurting. Instead, He hurts with us. He joins us in our pain, our grief, and our broken-heartedness.

Then, He does a miracle.

Wha't burdening your heart today? What hurts in your life? In what ways are you grieving? Jesus is there with you, He has not left you. He weeps with you. Then, He does the miraculous.


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