Life is process, isn’t it? A process of learning to trust and trust in the Lord. The greatest earthly tragedy, we’re convinced, is the death of a loved one. But is that the greatest tragedy? Let’s look over our section of John 11 one more time . . .
27 “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”
28 After she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside. “The Teacher is here,” she said, “and is asking for you.” 29 When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him. 30 Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. 31 When the Jews who had been with Mary in the house, comforting her, noticed how quickly she got up and went out, they followed her, supposing she was going to the tomb to mourn there.
32 When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”
33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. 34 “Where have you laid him?” he asked.
“Come and see, Lord,” they replied.
35 Jesus wept.
Some things are more important than mere survival. And allowing His friend to die provided the Lord Jesus with the opportunity to challenge Lazarus’ sisters to believe in Him.
However, just because Lazarus’ physical survival was not the ultimate value does not mean that Jesus didn’t care. As He sees Mary crying and the professional mourners weeping along with her, He is “deeply moved in spirit and troubled.” (v. 33) We then read, “Jesus wept.” (v. 35) (to be continued)