DCLM Daily Manna Friday 14 June 2024

TOPIC: When The Saviour Wept

TEXT:  John 11:33-40 (KJV) 
33 When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled.

34 And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see.

35 Jesus wept.

36 Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him!

37 And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died?

38 Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it.

39 Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.

40 Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?

“Jesus wept.”

John 11:35

DCLM Daily Manna Friday 14 June 2024 MESSAGE

In many cultures, weeping in public is considered a sign of weakness and is usually associated with immaturity. A real man, they say, is not expected to show his weakness or express such emotion in public. This is far from the truth. While it is not right to always make such an emotional outburst all the time, there are times when the expression of such emotion is appropriate, especially when it flows out from genuine concern and a feeling of empathy.

The Lord expressed this genuine expression of love and empathy at the graveside of His dear friend, Lazarus. When the Lord wept, it was not a cry for a loss. That was impossible because He possesses the power over death. Jesus wept to share sorrow with Lazarus’ relations and friends who appeared inconsolable. Empathising with those bereaved through weeping with them is the ultimate expression of love and willingness to share their burden. His compassion puts His love into action as He raised Lazarus back to life.

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Today, Jesus still shows deep concern for believers. He is not aloof, withdrawn or unconcerned with the way we feel and things we go through. He is touched by the feelings of our infirmities. He knows the pains we bear. He does not leave us to face our dark and dreary moments alone because He cares. This being the case, believers are not to go through life sorrowing as destitute and helpless people.

Like our compassionate Christ, we must show concern when our fellow believers grieve and are passing through dark and bleak tunnels of life. We must identify with them, weeping and travailing in prayers for them. This is what our Lord has taught us by His own example and what He expects us to do.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Perpetual dry eyes in a believer may be a symptom of a spiritual disease.

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