Signs and Works in John’s Gospel – John 11:30-44
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Empathy v. 35 – Jesus wept. We know the verse, but do we appreciate it’s meaning? An old hymn asks and answers the question, “Does Jesus care when my heart is pained too deeply for mirth and song? Oh yes he cares, I know he cares.” These were genuine tears.
Authority — v 23, 25, 32 — While others could only approach the tomb with feelings of empathy or sorrow, Jesus approached the tomb with authority. He could make a difference.
Removal – v. 38-39 — The others thought the effort was useless. Not so. Removing the stone gave them an opportunity to see the works of Jesus.
Salvation – v. 43-44 – Lazarus came forth. He who was beyond hope or help was indeed helped by the saving power of Jesus.
Exemplary Story: When my friends Donald and Lisa lost their son, I attended the wake and funeral. I was confident I would speak with them again. In a few weeks that opportunity came. I had to pray about what I might say or share. I was directed to a verse within this very text, John 11:25. It says, “Jesus said unto her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life, he who believes in me though he were dead yet shall he live.’” In that verse they found comfort.