Read: 1 Corinthians 13:7
There was a man named Lazarus who had two sisters, one named Mary and the other’s name was Martha. Scripture tells us that Jesus loved all three of them. While Jesus was away in another city, Lazarus had become very ill. As you’ve heard in other stories, Jesus healed a lot of people. He was fully capable of doing so. Someone came to Him and told Him about Lazarus. When He heard that His friend was ill He actually stayed for an extra two days in that city before going to where Lazarus was. The place they had to go was Judea and there were many there that wanted to kill Jesus. Yet Jesus insisted they go after informing His disciples that Lazarus was already dead. The reason He said He did not go earlier was for their sake, so that they would believe in Him.
Lazarus had been dead for four days by the time they arrived. When Martha heard they were on their way from a distance, she met them and was quite upset. Saying that if Jesus had been there her brother would not have died. Though she still had some courage because she knew that Jesus could ask God for whatever He wanted and it would be given to Him. Jesus said that her brother would be raised from the dead. But she, being confused, thought He meant on resurrection day. He informed her that He is the resurrection and the life. That there was no need to wait for life when He is present.
Martha went and got Mary. As she came, she was weeping. When Jesus saw this He was moved deeply.
There in the midst of what looked like utter hopelessness, the one who came to restore hope, to heal the sick, to raise the dead, and to stop sin in its tracks wept. Jesus had empathy. He cares for people.
- How does this story about Jesus make you feel? What words come to mind?
- Have you ever doubted in the hope that God would come through?