Wow, I cannot believe it is April! Anyone else?
In trying to prepare my heart for Easter, I’ve been looking back at the events leading up to the resurrection of Christ. While reading about the death and raising of Lazarus in John 11, I was deeply touched by Jesus’ character and wanted to share and encourage you in that today. Let’s take a look:
Then, when Mary came where Jesus was, and saw Him, she fell down at His feet, saying to Him, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.”
Therefore, when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled. And He said, “Where have you laid him?”
They said to Him, “Lord, come and see.”
Jesus wept. Then the Jews said, “See how He loved him!”
Y’all… Jesus knew He was going to raise Lazarus from the dead. He told His disciplines he was just sleeping when he was clearly lifeless. Jesus knew His power and what the outcome was going to be. Yet, look at the compassion and sorrow Jesus feels here while sitting with Mary.
What a great reminder for us. Our pain moves the son of God! It stirs compassion and anger and affection in Him all at the same time. He knows the end of the story, but that doesn’t cause Him to dismiss the hardships we feel in the middle.
I don’t know about you, but I am so grateful to serve a God who deeply cares about my pain and suffering. A God who would weep over the things we weep about. A God who sees our hearts and sits with us in our aching. A God with us.
I hope this encourages you this week friends. You are not forgot or dismissed by the Father, no matter what you are going though. Easter is coming, but let us not forget that God is with us here and now. And He cares for us so deeply, that He chose to defeat the enemy once and for all- death.
Sunday is coming!
My prayer for you this week:
God, thank you for the person reading this right now! I pray you bring them peace this week as they prepare their hearts for what is to come. Father, I pray that you will make your presence known in their times of trials and hardship and doubting. Fill their hearts with the peace that only you can provide and help them feel your compassion and grace as they walk through this week. We are so grateful for the gift of life you have given us and the ultimate sacrifice you made for us that we will soon be celebrating. Thank you, Jesus. Amen!