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Friends Don’t Let Friends . . . Die! (A Study of John 11) Part 15

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 . . .

25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

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)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2017 in weeping

 

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Psalms of the Salter: Some Thoughts on Really Living for the Lord (Psalm 119): Part 17

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129 Your statutes are wonderful;screen-shot-2016-11-26-at-7-03-57-am
    therefore I obey them.
130 The unfolding of your words gives light;
    it gives understanding to the simple.
131 I open my mouth and pant,
    longing for your commands.
132 Turn to me and have mercy on me,
    as you always do to those who love your name.
133 Direct my footsteps according to your word;
    let no sin rule over me.
134 Redeem me from human oppression,
    that I may obey your precepts.
135 Make your face shine on your servant
    and teach me your decrees.
136 Streams of tears flow from my eyes,
    for your law is not obeyed.

 
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Posted by on April 20, 2017 in pastoring

 

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Psalms of the Salter: Some Thoughts on Really Living for the Lord (Psalm 6)

Psalm 6

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. Screen Shot 2016-07-13 at 6.31.55 AMAccording to sheminith. A psalm of David.

Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger
    or discipline me in your wrath.
Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am faint;
    heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony.
My soul is in deep anguish.
    How long, Lord, how long?

Turn, Lord, and deliver me;
    save me because of your unfailing love.
Among the dead no one proclaims your name.
    Who praises you from the grave?

I am worn out from my groaning.

All night long I flood my bed with weeping
    and drench my couch with tears.
My eyes grow weak with sorrow;
    they fail because of all my foes.

Away from me, all you who do evil,
    for the Lord has heard my weeping.
The Lord has heard my cry for mercy;
    the Lord accepts my prayer.
10 All my enemies will be overwhelmed

with shame and anguish;
they will turn back and suddenly

be put to shame.

 
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Posted by on July 21, 2016 in Psalm 6

 

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