Daily D – John 11:35
JOHN 11:35 (CSB)
Martha looked Jesus in the eye. Her conversation with Jesus was face to face. She was expectant and direct in her conversation. If Jesus had been there in time, he could have healed Lazarus (verse 21). “Yet even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.” Four days too late, she still had hope.
Mary arrived and “fell at his feet,” (verse 32). She was always at Jesus’ feet. We see this in Luke 10:39, here, and again in John 12:1-7. Ponder this.
Jesus loved Martha. Jesus loved Mary. Jesus loved Lazarus.
Jesus hates death.
“Where have you put him?” he asked. “Lord,” they told him, “come and see,” (verse 34).
Jesus was deeply moved when he saw Mary crying (verse 33). Jesus was deeply moved again when he came to the tomb (verse 38).
In Romans 12:15, the Apostle Paul wrote, “Rejoice with those who rejoice; weep with those who weep.” If you have read or heard this chapter of John’s Gospel all the way through, you know Jesus wept with those who wept. Verse 44 sounds like Jesus rejoiced with those who rejoiced.
Sometimes we are bold enough to speak to Jesus face to face.
Sometimes we cannot raise our eyes to meet his and can only bow at his feet.
Sometimes our hopes and fears are so entangled we do not know what to say or think or feel.
Jesus always knows the right thing to do in the right timing for the right reason. This always leads to the right results.
Jesus is with us in our deepest grief. Jesus is who he is at all times and all places. Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life (verse 25). “The one who believes in me, even if he dies, will live. Everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (verse 26).
There is no sadness, there is no sorrow, there is no grief Jesus cannot unroll, unwrite, undo.
Remember this: Jesus wept. Jesus also shouted (verse 43). When Jesus enters the situation, tears are temporal. Life is eternal. Dead men are unwrapped (verse 44).
I will weep with those who weep, I will rejoice with those who rejoice, and I will laugh forever when Jesus unwraps me.
Our Father, thank you for life eternal that does not begin someday but has already begun. As one author said it so well, Eternity is now in session. Forever has entered time and overcome all its limitations. In all our weeping, remind us of this truth. In all our celebrations, remind us that you are throwing the best party ever one day. Thank you that rejoicing is the final state of being for those who know and experience you now. Amen.
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Daily D – Psalm 143:8-10
Psalm 143:8-10 Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you. Rescue me from my enemies, Lord; I run to you to hide me. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.
Daily D – Psalm 142:5
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Daily D – Ezra 3:11-13
Ezra 3:11-13 With praise and thanks, they sang this song to the Lord: “He is so good! His faithful love for Israel endures forever!” Then all the people gave a great shout, praising the Lord because the foundation of the Lord’s Temple had been laid. But many of the older priests, Levites, and other leaders who had seen the first Temple wept aloud when they saw the new Temple’s foundation. The others, however, were shouting for joy. The joyful shouting and weeping mingled together in a loud noise that could be heard far in the distance.
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 35:22-25
2 Chronicles 35:22-25 After Josiah had finished restoring the Temple, King Neco of Egypt led his army up from Egypt to do battle at Carchemish on the Euphrates River, and Josiah and his army marched out to fight him. But King Neco sent messengers to Josiah with this message: “What do you want with me, king of Judah? I have no quarrel with you today! I am on my way to fight another nation, and God has told me to hurry! Do not interfere with God, who is with me, or he will destroy you.” But Josiah refused to listen to Neco, to whom God had indeed spoken, and he would not turn back. Instead, he disguised himself and led his army into battle on the plain of Megiddo. But the enemy archers hit King Josiah with their arrows and wounded him. He cried out to his men, “Take me from the battle, for I am badly wounded!”
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 32:31
2 Chronicles 32:31 However, when ambassadors arrived from Babylon to ask about the remarkable events that had taken place in the land, God withdrew from Hezekiah in order to test him and to see what was really in his heart.