The Journey Thoughts

December 16, 2016

One of the most powerful verses in the Bible can be found in John 11:35.  It
is: "Jesus wept." In it we see the heart of Jesus, but who is He weeping
for. Was it for the crowd, who were all crying? Was it for Mary, who Jesus
met, and she fell at His feet crying? Was it for the loss of Lazarus, who
they were crying for?    For certain, Jesus was not crying for Lazarus,
because He was there to raise him from the dead.  Surely He had compassion
for Mary and the crowd, seeing them in their pain of loss, but I don't think
it was for them either, at least not for their loss.  They wanted Him to
come; they believed that He could cure Lazarus from whatever ailment he had,
but He was too late, or so they thought.  You see, they knew Jesus as One
who could heal many types of illness, but did they believe that He was One
who could raise the dead.  "But some of them said, 'Couldn't He who opened
the blind man's eyes also have kept this man from dying?' v37  Yes, they
thought Jesus had special powers, but bringing someone back from the dead,
surely that was not even in their thinking.  But before Jesus even left, He
had to explain to His disciples that Lazarus had indeed died, instead of
just "fallen asleep."  "So Jesus then told them plainly, 'Lazarus had died.
I'm glad for you that I wasn't there so that you may believe. But let's go
to him.' Then Thomas (called 'Twin') said to his fellow disciples. 'Let's go
so that we may die with Him.'" 11:14-16 Even the disciples, when Jesus told
them Lazarus had died, so they had to go to him, they could not comprehend
it to mean raising Lazarus from the dead, but to be there for his funeral.
I believe Jesus wept because of the lack of faith in even those so close.
They knew Him, and what He was capable of doing, yet none of them would even
consider that God could do all things through His Son.  But are we any
different?  We want the Lord to answer our requests, but like He did with
Lazarus, He seems to be tarrying.  Yet, why does Jesus have to answer our
prayers only the way we expect Him to?  Does He not take care of our every
need?  Does He still not raise the dead, for when we die as believers, we
are raised incorruptible, but in eternity.  Jesus raised Lazarus with Him
because He was still here with the people who loved Him.  Now He still
raises the dead to be with Him where He now is.  Yet we still find ourselves
saying, "If only You would have been here, our loved one would not have
died."  He would tell Martha, who said, "I know that he will rise again in
the resurrection at the last day. Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection
and the life. The one who believes in Me, even if he dies, will live.
Everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die -ever. Do you believe
this?" vs25-26   Even if he dies, will live!  Do you believe that Christian?
If so, then trust our Lord with your life and the life of those you love.
For Jesus does not lie, and He said that everyone who lives and believes in
Me will never die- ever.  So take comfort.  Jesus wept, for you and me, and
all who put their hope in Him, but fail to carry the trust through faith in
Him when we reach a point of wondering why wasn't He here.  I will tell you
that He is here, and He will never leave you or those you love, and surely
we will live.

Pastor Andy

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your Word, and Your Son, who is waiting for
us all to get to the end of our journey here on earth.  I pray Holy Father,
that we keep the faith, that You have placed in us, and help us to know and
fully believe that You will receive us to be with You on that day.  I pray
for those who suffer from illness, that may not be cured this side of
eternity, yet I pray Father, that we have the hope that understands that we
will all leave this body and this earth, so that we can truly start to live.
I pray for the following: Kaden, Carol who is having some minor surgery
today; Michele who has experienced loss; Pam, William, Carrie, Ada, Rheba,
Mary, Veronica, Douglas, Fritz, Dillon, Tara, Kristena, Kristen, Carolyn,
Gene, Terry, Angie, Isabel, Don, Dwight, Sammie, Lynn, Mike S., Barbara,
Marlaina, Cynthia, Loren, Mike, Pam, Candace, Meredith, Ramona, BJ, Ida, JV,
Nada, Eva, Kelly and her son, Corbin, Robert, Pat, Ryan, Fred, Dotty, Scott,
April, Tracy, Abraham, Elijah, Japheth, Matt, Liz, Mike, Megan, Matt,
Bethany, Tim, Alex, Ken, Lynette, Patrick, Kathy, Jennifer, Montella, Nancy,
June, Pastor Berkey, Harriet, Shelbi, Fisher, Dan.  I pray that You fill our
hearts with the love and hope that come from knowing You and believing that
You are watching over us daily.  Thank You for that, and I pray that You
will comfort those who need comfort today, strengthen those who are
experiencing weakness and need You, for I ask this all in Jesus name.

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