Thursday, 26 April 2012

A Man...Aquainted with Grief

Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying to him, Lord, if you had been here, my brother had not died. When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled. And said, Where have you laid him? They said to him, Lord, come and see.
Jesus wept. (John 11:32-35)
People like to think that perfect faith means never being sad or upset or discouraged, always being happy in the knowledge that God is in control. Yet Jesus "groaned in the spirit, and was troubled". He knew Lazarus wasn't going to stay dead. He knew Mary wasn't going to stay disappointed. He knew the whole terrible situation was for the glory of God. Still, he wept. It was no funeral show. They were real tears, accompanied by a groaning spirit.

The Great God of Eternity, suffering the pangs and indignities of human emotion. This is why I can trust him. 

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