Lessons from Jesus

Compassion

John 11:35 – Jesus wept.

Jesus receives word that someone very dear to him is ill; it is Lazarus, the brother of Martha and Mary. The sisters have sent a messenger to inform Jesus that, “he whom you love is ill”. There is no pleading for Jesus to come quickly, just the facts of the situation. They know that the Lord loves them, they know that he has the ability to heal their brother, but they leave the decision to Jesus. Isn’t this how He taught us to pray? When we bring our concerns and worries to Him, we have to leave it all in His hands. He knows our circumstances fully, so we entrust it to him saying, ‘Thy will be done on earth (within this situation), as it is in heaven’.

Jesus waits 2 days and then informs the disciples that he is going to Bethany. They think he is mad because he had just avoided a stoning in Jerusalem recently. The Lord follows the Father’s will, knowing that the glory of God was to be shown through this event and that the Son of God may be glorified through it. God’s timing is perfect; He knows exactly what needs to done and when. It won’t always look like that to us but that is where faith comes in.

As soon as Martha heard that Jesus was close by, she went out to meet him while Mary remained at home. We know that the sisters have different personalities and once again we see two different interactions with Jesus. Martha approaches, face to face, not with anger but a gentle strength and steadfast faith – “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 to you”.

Jesus calls for Mary to come and she cannot hide or control her anguish as she falls at his feet sobbing. Her sorrow is loud and evident and she cries out the same words as her sister – “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died”. Jesus was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled. He asked where Lazarus was laid and then he wept. Silent tears flowed from the Saviour, showing his immense compassion.

The Lord understands our trials and our sorrows; He knows the turmoil and tragedy that we endure within this broken world. It is not the world that he created for us and it breaks his heart. But there is no situation that he cannot work through and he will always work for the good of those who love him.

Hand everything over, let His will be done and trust that God will be glorified.

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