By Chelsea Oliver
May 20, 2020
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1 Samuel 26:1-28:25
The story of Lazarus is one I’ve known since my Sunday school felt board days. I hoped something new would stand out to me as I read John 11, and instead I found myself fixated on a verse I’d heard mentioned many times before, “Jesus wept.”
Jesus wept. As I pondered these two words I began to think about how easy it is to become anesthetized to the things that should move me deepest - my Savior not only grieving, but also publicly expressing his emotions. It’s easy to gloss over such a seemingly simple verse, and yet I found myself brought to tears at the gravity of it. The Messiah in a moment of humanity in the wake of his friend’s death, and the anticipation of His own impending death on the cross. He didn’t hold back or hide it. Imagine a leader doing that today, let alone the Savior of the world. Humbling doesn’t even begin to describe it.
After Jesus met with Martha, Mary and the others weeping over Lazarus’ death, I was struck by the image of Jesus being “deeply moved in spirit and troubled” (verse 33), and moved again when he came to the tomb (verse 38). He wasn’t emotionally detached from the mourners or the situation. He understood their sadness, and felt it himself. While Jesus knew that the miracle of Lazarus’ death and resurrection would serve to glorify God and His Son, He was still compassionate and met the people in their agony even as they wondered why Jesus didn’t come to Lazarus sooner. How little we understand!
What a comfort it is that my Lord sees me and knows me. He is not distant. His plans are good. He is all at once on the throne and right beside me. He is in relationship with me and caring for me in ways I perhaps don’t even fully understand.
For great is his love toward us,
and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord.
— Psalm 117:2
Prayer to start with:Thank you, Jesus, for dying on the cross for my salvation. Soften me as I seek to know you more. Help me to love your sons and daughters, just as you love us.