Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

Lent Day 31 — He loved them

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[5] Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. [6] So, when he heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was. [7] Then after this he said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.” [8] The disciples said to him, “Rabbi, the Jews were just now seeking to stone you, and are you going there again?” [9] Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. [10] But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.” [11] After saying these things, he said to them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I go to awaken him.” (John 11:5-11 ESV)

The events surrounding the resuscitation of Lazarus tell me a lot about the humanity of Jesus, the God-man. It is easy for me to identify with the way Jesus loved his friends. When news of Lazarus’ illness reached Jesus and his disciples in Galilee, Jesus was not anxious, nor did he hurry to return. He was teaching his disciples what it meant to walk in the light of Jesus’ presence.

And so they headed back to Jerusalem to be with his adopted family, a dusty two-day walk that could well end up with a stoning.

Jesus knew what he was risking, but he also knew that there would be a strong sign to the people of Bethany that God was truly with them. The “awakening” of Lazarus would not only be a miracle, it would be one more step on the way to the cross.

Dave

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One Response to “Lent Day 31 — He loved them”
  1. Kyle says:

    This one leads my heart to amazement and worship. Thank you for sharing your devotional with us.

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