What happens when the One Who Saves is a man acquainted with sorrows? What happens when the One Who intercedes for us, the One Who Prays for us when we have absolutely nothing left is a High Priest who is not unfamiliar with our weaknesses? When such a One Who sees our pain, sees our limited understanding and eyesight, is surrounded by our suffering? What happens?
Here, in the midst of tremendous aching, He weeps. Y’all, weeping isn’t a tiny tear rolling down the cheek. Weeping is wrapped in all the feels. We know there were clear opportunities for Jesus to step in before the event which brought all the pain would have even occurred. He didn’t. His dialogue with His disciples said this was purposeful. He had a picture that was bigger than those who lacked a Heavenly perspective could even grasp.
He was charged with bringing an encounter with the God of the Resurrection. For a group of folks who would endure events that would require so much more than just a healing encounter, this was critical. He had made a commitment to only do what He saw His Father doing. And so, in spite of what it would feel and look like to those around Him, He did. He let Lazurus die. And it ached in Him. And He wept at their pain. He felt their pain.
Then everything changed. In His humanity, He called out to God and He answered with miraculous resurrection power. Lazurus lives! And all the suffering is relieved. Mourning turns to joy.
Mary’s response. Mary’s response, before AND after, stirs me. In the waiting, she allows herself to feel all the depth of what she is experiencing. She doesn’t exchange her disappointment for some hyper-spiritual dialogue. Yet she doesn’t allow her pain to skew her view of Jesus, even when she couldn’t fully understand what He was saying. Through the pain and sorrow, she still believed He was who He said He was.
And after Lazurus lives, her eyes are opened. She realizes the depth of all those things that she learned at Jesus feet were going to happen. They weren’t metaphors. Instead of waiting for it to happen, she decided she would spend herself on letting Jesus know, see, and feel just how much she believed Him. She remembered He had said He would die. She knew He would be buried. She wasn’t trying to wait until it was all over to bring Him honor. She poured out all she could upon Him.
Perhaps it was partially in response to memories of the things she had wished she would have done for her brother whilst he was still alive. She was given a second chance to do those things for him. Perhaps, she didn’t want to risk being in that same circumstance with Jesus–with regrets. She saw her opportunity and took it, in spite of the opinions of others around her.
She did what she could, while she could. I’m asking myself now what opportunities I might have to honor God in this season of my life, in spite of my inadequacies and my fears, while I can. What opportunities do you have, dear friend? What is your “while you can?”
“Notice that Jesus meets her in both her strong and weak moments (Luke 10:38-42, John 11:20). Regardless of our charm, diplomacy, or skill: Christ comes to meet us. Martha went to her sister, saying in private, “The teacher is here, and is calling for you” (John 11:28).
Christ meets us in all things. Whatever our circumstance, He comes to us. When Mary anointed Jesus’ feet with oil, “she [had] done what she could,” and when her brother died, she had nothing left to give (Mark 14:8). Mary had great capacity for empathy and tenderness, and the death of her brother just floored her.
Mary couldn’t run out to meet Jesus. But He came to her.” ~~ MARY OF BETHANY by Rebecca Faires
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John 11:35 NKJV
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