JESUS CARES!!! DON’T DOUBT IT – DEPEND ON IT!!!
He understands and shares our sorrow – our sense of loss – and brings us comfort and hope!
Lazarus, a dear friend, loved deeply by Jesus, lived in Bethany. He became very ill and died. Jesus was not there at the time (in fact, he delayed His coming, even though Mary and Martha, his sisters sent Jesus word). They did not understand (but Jesus had a wonderful plan – the “resurrection” of Lazarus!).
When Jesus did arrive, Lazarus had already been dead four days. Both Martha and Mary did not understand… DID JESUS CARE? Martha told Jesus, “If you had been here, my brother would not have died!” Mary echoed her complaint! It’s clear both ladies, understandably were struggling to understand…
DID JESUS CARE? In my Bible reading today as I soaked up the pathos of this story in John 11 (you really ought to read it for yourself!) It became abundantly clear to me JESUS DID CARE – HE CARED DEEPLY! Here it is from the Bible…
Jesus went to the tomb. “When he was Mary weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, He was deeply moved in His spirit and greatly troubled… JESUS WEPT!… Then Jesus, deeply moved again came to the tomb.” (From vss. 33-38)
Jesus had the stone before the tomb removed… And in keeping with His word of assurance to Martha: “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live!” Jesus prayed and then cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out! And the man who had died came out!”
You see, not only does Jesus care… He conquered death on our behalf! He is the resurrection and the life!
As I read this story and identified with Martha and Mary an old gospel song came to mind sung by Guy Penrod and the late, great Beverly Shea. You owe it to yourself to listen to it (I’ve provided the YouTube link)!!!