Originally Posted November 2, 2015
I am currently participating in a photo challenge on Instagram called the #lampandlight photo challenge. Today’s photo is supposed to be of one of my favorite verses and after this weekend, I knew exactly which verse I was going to highlight. Are you ready?
John 11:35 says:
It is the shortest verse in the Bible and possibly one of the most powerful.
How about I give you a little bit of context for this verse? Jesus had just arrived at Lazarus’ tomb where His friend, someone He loved (John 11:5), had died. Jesus knew that Lazarus was sick yet He chose to stay where He was rather than travel to be with him until after Lazarus had died. We know that Jesus could have healed Lazarus with just a word even if He wasn’t in the same location, however, this wasn’t about healing, this was about resurrection. And yet, today I’m not going to talk about Lazarus coming back from the dead (though it’s a really great story that you should read if you haven’t already), today I’m going to talk about how…
John 11:33 says:
Therefore, when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled.
Our pastor preached on these verses this past weekend and he explained that when it says Jesus groaned in the spirit and was troubled that it could be translated that Jesus was angry. So Jesus goes to Lazarus’ tomb with all of the people around him weeping and mourning the loss of their loved one and He’s angry. Our pastor explained that Jesus was angry about the original sin and its power to kill us. He was angry at the evil in this world. He was angry that the people he loved were mourning because of sin.
And then Jesus asks “Where have you laid him?” and the mourners reply, “Lord, come and see,” and then…
He cried for his friends who were hurting. He mourned with them. And it breaks my heart that Jesus weeps today over the sin in our lives, in our families, in our country. He weeps with us, He comes down and mourns with us. So whenever you’re feeling like you’re all alone in this world, remember…
And he is weeping with you.
With Love & Light,