Fresh Hope – 28th April 2018

I love the Bible. I love how we can learn so much from it. 

Some of Jesus’s closest friends were Mary, Martha and their brother Lazarus. 

We read in the book of John Chapter 11 that Lazarus died and it’s here we have the shortest verse in scripture “Jesus wept”.  

If you ask ‘why did Jesus cry?’ you’d probably come up with the answer that it was because His friend had just died. 

 I don’t think it was, because on three occasions Jesus said that Lazarus would be okay. He was God, He could easily pull that off.

 If you know something is going to be ‘ok’, you get peace about it. When you know beyond a shadow of a doubt, that something is going to be okay, you don’t weep. 

 In verse 32, the sisters said to him “if you’d have been here, our brother would not have died”  – they were frustrated, they were disappointed and they were sad. 

 God can cope with our disappointments.  He is big enough. 

I believe He cried because of compassion, He was deeply moved, because these were His friends and He didn’t want to see them hurting.  

BUT He had a far higher purpose.  Lazarus would be raised from the dead and God would be glorified. 

 When you and I don’t trust God (even when He’s told us it will be ok) and we get into a place of doubt and even ‘anger’ at God, maybe He cries over us.  Saying “my child trust me in this… I have it covered.”

 Unfortunately, we are people who react to what we see, when God wants us to be people of faith.  

Today, whatever your situation, trust God in it.  He has you covered. And the very thing that is concerning you right now, is the thing that will bring a great testimony and glory to Jesus. 

Pastor Gillian

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