©Jeanne E Webster
John 11:35 “Jesus wept.”
“Why did You allow this to happen?” your heart cries out to God in anguish as you stand, dazed and empty, watching the burial of your loved one. John tells us in his Gospel that Mary and Martha went through similar circumstances when their brother became ill and died. Strong believers in the healing power of Christ, they had called for Jesus to come and help Lazarus. Martha even ran out to meet Him while He was walking down the road to their home. She greeted Him with the words, “Lord, if You’d only been there, my brother would not have died.”
When He reached their home, Mary repeated what Martha had told Him and began sobbing. And Jesus wept… with Mary, Martha, and their friends. Their sorrow was His sorrow; their grief was His grief. Jesus’ compassionate love wrapped its arms around them and comforted them with His tears.
God knows the tests that hard press us to the limits of our faith also. And we know that whatever the circumstances, He is greater yet. His compassion and love for us is far beyond our understanding, and He weeps…with us. Our heavenly Father always watches over us, and as His children, we can release our sorrows into His care and be reassured and comforted in His loving arms. No matter how little your faith, it is great in the hands of Almighty God.
So why is death allowed to happen? In Lazarus’ case, his death served as the setting for Christ to display the resurrection power of God. For the unexpected deaths of our loved ones, the reason most times is known but to God. However…because Christ lives, we know that we and our loved ones shall live eternally with God. Moreover, in that day, there will be no more death, tears, or suffering. Forever!
Faith…to believe that which you do not yet see; and the reward of faith is to see that which you believe.