John 11: 1-4; 32-43
“A man named Lazarus was sick. He lived in Bethany with his sisters Mary and Martha. This is the Mary who later poured the expensive perfume on the Lord’s feet and wiped them with her hair. Her brother, Lazarus, was sick. So the two sisters sent a message to Jesus telling him, “Lord your dear friend is very sick.” But when Jesus heard about it He said, “Lazarus’s sickness will not end in death. Not, it happened for the glory of God so that the Son of God will receive glory from this.” (32) When Mary arrived and saw Jesus, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died.” When Jesus saw her weeping and saw the other people wailing with her, a deep anger welled up within him, and he was deeply troubled. “Where have you put him?” he asked them. They told him, “Lord, come and see.” Then Jesus wept. The people who were standing nearby said, “See how much he loved him!” But some said, “This man healed a blind man. Couldn’t he have kept Lazarus from dying? Jesus was still angry as he arrived at the tomb, a cave with a stone rolled across its entrance. “Roll the stone aside,” Jesus told them. But Martha, the dead man’s sister, protested, “Lord, he has been dead for four days. The smell will be terrible.” Jesus responded, “Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believe?” So they rolled the stone aside. Then Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, thank you for hearing me. You always hear me, but I said it out loud for the sake of all these people standing here, so that they will believe you sent me.” Then Jesus shouted, “Lazarus, come out!” And the dead man came out, his hands and feet bound in grave-clothes, his face wrapped in a head cloth. Jesus told them, “Unwrap him and let him go!”
“Jesus Wept”. This was one of the first bible verses I memorized as a child. Pretty much because it’s the shortest verse in the Bible. But this verse speaks volumes.
Lately, I’ve been struggling with life… basically sinking. Conversations with God were minimal. Bible Study was minimal. Sure I would open my Bible and read a verse here and there. But my intimate time with God decreased. It’s funny how busy “life” can make us feel and how crazy life will get when we place our time with God at the bottom of our list. I had time to watch TV, wash the dishes, eat out, even bring work home with me. But I was too tired for QT. I began to struggle between what I “thought” should happen and what was actually happening.
I knew God had complete control over everything in life. But life’s events gave me blinders to His promises.
While reading this entire passage, I wondered to myself is Jesus weeping for me? Jesus wept means so much. Some say Jesus wept because he loved Mary and Martha and empathized with them. He cries when we cry, even when He knows we shouldn’t be crying. He was human just like us and understands emotions. But Jesus wept means so much more to me.
In the beginning of Chapter 11 Jesus said “Lazarus’s sickness will not end in death. No, it happened for the glory of God so that the Son of God will receive glory from this.”
After Lazarus death, Jesus told Martha Lazarus would rise again. He also reiterated that He was the resurrection and the life.
After they rolled the stone away, Jesus said to Martha “Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believe?”
I believe Jesus also wept because of their lack of faith. After all of their witnessed miracles and conversations with Jesus they still failed to see Him for who He really was. He had all power in His hands. But for some reason they thought death was more powerful than Him, even after His promise that Lazarus’s sickness would not end in death.
How many times have we placed our problems in front of Jesus? We made the decision that our problems were bigger than Him. Over the past few weeks, I’ve done that. Jesus is looking at us and saying, “I can handle that”…”didn’t I tell you”…..”leave it alone”…. “trust me”.
During our quiet time God gives us promises. All of His promises to us are revealed in His Word. What problem or situation have you lost control over? Have you placed it completely in God’s hand? Are you crying yourself to sleep every night over a situation God already has worked out?
Jesus said “Lazarus’s sickness will not end in death. No, it happened for the glory of God so that the Son of God will receive glory from this.” He told them Lazarus sickness would not end in death. BUT Mary and Martha completely forgot what God promised them when the storm came! They were weeping and wailing over what they thought was a final death. They thought it was the end.
Today, I want you to remember what God has promised you. I want you to know whatever you are going through right now is NOT going to END you! It is not the END of your story!
It is not the END of your story!
He has so much more in store and you are going to use this storm to bring Glory to God! Your testimony will strengthen your faith, your walk, and bring others to Christ!
Rest on these encouraging promises:
Isaiah 40:31 – “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not faint”
Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
John 8:36 – “So if the Son sets you free you are free indeed.”
Mark 11:24 – “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. “
Psalm 34:17 – “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; He delivers them from all of their troubles.
and my favorite
Romans 8:28 – “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose”.
God has promised us so much. He has promised to take care of us and supply all of our needs. Yet, we still struggle giving 100% of ourselves to Him.
So, Is He weeping for you? Is He weeping over your lack of faith? Is He weeping because you’ve forgotten His promises or is He weeping because of how sad life has made you? Have you forgotten everything God has brought you through? Have you forgotten everything He’s done for you? Have you forgotten everything He promised you?
Ok, those are quite a bit of questions. But if you answered “yes” to any of them, I pray you rest in God’s Word and His promises. Spend time with Him and He will remind you of exactly who He is.
Don’t weep over Chapter 2 of your life when God promised you a full book of 50 chapters!
Don’t weep over Chapter 2 of your life when God promised you a full book of 50 chapters. Chapter 2 is not the end of your story!
Have Faith, Stay Strong, remove life’s blinders and remember His promises to you. There’s no need to weep. Don’t let the enemy or “life’s events” make you forget.
I hope this song encourages you, as it has me, to remember His promises.
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