HOST: Ron House
Now when Jesus came, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles off, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother. So when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, but Mary remained seated in the house. Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus said to her, “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?” She said to him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.” When she had said this, she went and called her sister Mary, saying in private, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.” And when she heard it, she rose quickly and went to him. Now Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was still in the place where Martha had met him. 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. 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.” 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. And he said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” Jesus wept. So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man also have kept this man from dying?”
“Jesus wept.” It is the shortest verse in the Bible and an incredibly simple, matter-of-fact statement. But it is filled to overflowing with meaning and significance. Have you ever wondered why Jesus wept? If He knew that He was going to raise Lazarus and what the final outcome was going to be, why feel sorrow? Why weep? The answer, I believe, is given in v. 33: “When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, He was deeply moved in His spirit and greatly troubled.” Jesus knew that Lazarus would be raised, but He felt sorrow because His friends felt sorrow. He wept because they wept. His tears were not for Lazarus, but for those who were brokenhearted and overwhelmed with grief. And so it is with us. The Hebrews writer says that Jesus is a high priest who is “touched with the feeling of our infirmity” (Hebrews 4:15 KJV). He hurts with and for us when we hurt. He understands our suffering as only someone who has experienced the same suffering can. He is a compassionate friend and Lord. What a blessing it is to serve Him!
Why is it important that Jesus understands our sufferings?
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