The tears of God drove Him to tear the sting out of death!!

The tears of God drove Him to tear the sting out of death!!

John 11 v33-37

When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. 34 “Where have you laid him?” he asked. “Come and see, Lord,” they replied. 35 Jesus wept. 36 Then 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 have kept this man from dying?”

 

Jesus wasn’t deeply moved in spirit and troubled when he heard that Lazarus had got sick.

When he arrived into Bethany and found out that Lazarus had already died, Jesus didn’t weep.

When Martha expressed her desire that Jesus would have got there sooner he didn’t seem phased by that.

Jesus wasn’t weeping because he loved Lazarus as the onlookers thought. Nor was he weeping because he had failed to keep him alive as the critics (who are never far away) claimed.

Here is his friend, Mary, at his feet in total surrender to the situation, weeping.

Surrounding her are her friends, supporting her, weeping with her.

Their cry move him deeply and he becomes troubled which can also be translated as angry.

He weeps and is angry.

Why?

It is because he realises the power death has over people’s lives. The power of death that he would take on and overcome and which this miracle would definitely lead him to. The cross!

A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief (Isaiah 53:3)

He weeps, he doesn’t say anything, he just stands and tears fall moved by their grief. He teaches us that there are times such as this when not to speak is paramount and entering the pain of another everything.

His anger at the power of death drives him forward to the greatest battle in heaven and earth of which he will ride victorious. Which is clearly seen when someone dies in Christ there is huge hope realising that the loved one is actually not dead at all.

We have hope because our Saviour stood in a village just outside Jerusalem and amidst the pain of family and friends became so moved and angry at the situation that he also wept.

The tears of God drove Him to tear the sting out of death!!

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