When I think of this passage two hymns come to mind. The first is a hymn that confidently declares: "No one understands like Jesus / When the days are dark and grim; / no one is so near, so dear as Jesus, / Cast your every care on Him." What a wonderful truth this is, that Jesus understands the pain and confusion in our lives. The second is a hymn that asks a question in the verse and answers it in the chorus. "Does Jesus care when my heart is pained / Too deeply for mirth and song / As the burdens press, / and the cares distress, / And the way grows weary and long?" The chorus assures us, "O yes, He cares; / I know He cares; / His heart is touched with my grief; / When the days are weary, / the long nights dreary, / I know my Savior cares"
Do we always feel the way these hymns describe? Are we always sure the Lord Jesus understands what we are going through? Do we never doubt Jesus cares? If we are honest, we would have to admit there are times we wonder if He really understands and we are afraid He may have forgotten to care. This is why this wonderfully encouraging passage in John's Gospel is important. Here Mary and Martha are in the throes of intense grief because their beloved brother, Lazarus, died. Jesus came down to Bethany specifically to resurrect Lazarus. Jesus taught Martha some important lessons about Who He is in verse 25. "I am the resurrection and the life." Today we will look at verse 38 as Martha went to tell Mary the Lord wants to see her.
I. Mary's Grieving (v. 28-32)
II. Our Lord's Weeping (v. 33-37)
Dr. Don has thirty five years of Pastoral experience. He planted churches with Galilean Baptist Mission for twelve years (3 churches) and served as Senior Pastor in three other churches. He is currently the Senior Pastor of Calvary Baptist Church of Lansing, Michigan. He studied...