Footnotes

*11:16: “Didymus” means “Twin”.

11:18: 15 stadia is about 2.8 kilometres or 1.7 miles

11:41: NU omits “from the place where the dead man was lying.”

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Jesus is the resurrection and the life, yet He is full of compassion.

Jesus is the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in Jesus will live even when he dies. Whoever lives and believes in Jesus will never die (John 11:25). Jesus is all-powerful, He is able to give life and He is willing to give life.

Though Jesus came to raise Lazarus from the dead, He groaned in spirit and was troubled when Mary fell at His feet and when He saw the others weeping.

Dear child, know that when you go through a painful situation, God has already written a happy ending to that story. He will turn your mourning to joy. In the midst of that difficult time, know that Jesus feels every of your pain. He bottled up every tear you shed (Psalms 56:8). Cry to Him, let His peace give you the assurance that all things will work out for your good. Jesus loves you.

Are you wondering…

Why did Jesus wept?

Does it sound very strange that John 11:4 stated that Jesus wept? Since Jesus knew that He is going to raise Lazarus, why did He wept? I asked God the answer why did Jesus wept and one day, the LORD showed me the answer:

Jesus wept because at that very instant, He was mourning with His people. He was truly God and truly human. As God, He came to raise Lazarus. As human, He felt the pain of Mary and the people.

When I had this answer from God, I discovered that the life of all who believed in Jesus are actually like this case of Lazarus, Mary and Martha. When bad things happen, we must know that we have God, our Heavenly Father who is sovereign (who is in control of everything) and God wants only good to happen to us. He will turn every difficult situation around. All things work together for good to those who love Him(Romans 8:28). Yet, when we are walking through the difficult times, those painful moments, know that Jesus is with us, feeling every pain and every tear that we shed. Even though Jesus knew that one day, our life story for that difficult situation will have a happy ending, He is there with us, feeling every pain with us.

Did you notice…

John 11:5 stated that Jesus loves Martha, Mary and Lazarus and so He delayed?

John 11:5 stated that Jesus loves Martha, Mary and Lazarus and for that reason, He stayed another 2 days in where He was. In other words, He delayed going to save Lazarus. All this is so that everyone can witness the great miracle of Lazarus rising even after he had died for 4 days.

So when bad things happen to believers, or when it seems that the things we prayed for are not happening, never be discouraged. Look forward to the greater miracle that He is doing. Jesus never fails. God always listen to our prayers. The breakthrough, the happy ending will always happen to believers so that God be glorified.

When Mary fell at Jesus' feet and wept, Jesus groaned in the spirit and was troubled.

Both Mary and Martha said the same thing –“Lord, if You would have been here, my brother wouldn’t have died.”

But Jesus’ response to Mary was different. Mary was weeping. Mary fell at Jesus’ feet. Even though Jesus had come to raise Lazarus, He felt the pain of Mary. It caused Him to groan in spirit and John 11:33 stated that Jesus was troubled. 

How do I become a believer?

We are justified by faith in Jesus. (Romans 5:1). Therefore, we only need to believe and say a prayer as follows:

“Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for dying for my sins. I believe you are the Son of God and that You love me and desire to bless me with the abundant life and eternal life that You promise. I believe and receive You as my Lord and Saviour. In Jesus name I pray, amen.”

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