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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Zechariah 13:9 “This third I will put into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.’ ”
Zechariah 9:9, 10 Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the warhorses from Jerusalem, and the battle bow will be broken. He will proclaim peace to the nations. His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth.
Ezra 3:12, 13 But many of the older priests and Levites and family heads, who had seen the former temple, wept aloud when they saw the foundation of this temple being laid, while many others shouted for joy. No one could distinguish the sound of the shouts of joy from the sound of weeping, because the people made so much noise. And the sound was heard far away.
Daniel 2:30 “As for me, this mystery has been revealed to me, not because I have greater wisdom than anyone else alive, but so that Your Majesty may know the interpretation and that you may understand what went through your mind.”