“I was thinking about the verse from the Psalms that says, ‘Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me.’ (Psalm 42:7) It is all too easy for us to dwell on the surface of things. Even as believers, we can miss so much by not entering into a deeper understanding of what is going on around us, especially when suffering or sorrow are involved. In John 11, when Martha came up to Jesus to tell Him, ‘Lord, the one you love is sick,’ what she said was accurate. Jesus greatly loved Lazarus.
Jesus responded to Martha, ‘This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.’ Though Jesus knew exactly what God was going to do in this circumstance, He did not spare himself. He entered fully into the sorrow of Mary and Martha, and of the Jews who were also grieving at the death of Lazarus. One of the loveliest and shortest verses in the Bible appears later in chapter 11. ‘When Jesus saw her weeping and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. ‘Where have you laid him?’ he asked. ‘Come and see, Lord,’ they replied. Jesus wept.'”
Copyright ©1996 Christopher N. White, Revised 2008.
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