Death is the great equalizer, for no one is immune, and death is the great divider, for some are not attuned. For Jesus conquered this enemy and shattered its mighty power, therefore some will be on his right, and others will be left to cower.
Death still runs wild, threatening to devour. Death still strikes blows, trying to exert it’s power. But Jesus lives and reigns, thus I will live too. So take your best shot, Death, for you will be left the fool.
So when Death comes a knocking, to claim another life, just shrug him off with a smirk, knowing that he is not right. For my Lord has won the victory, thus I will live again. Death can have its moment now, but Jesus lives, AMEN!
In John chapter 11, Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead. He hears that Lazarus is sick and then waits four days. Had he left earlier, Jesus could have prevented Lazarus from dying, but Jesus waits that God may be glorified. Upon arriving, Jesus meets Martha and then Mary ~ “If you had been here, my brother would not have died.” Upon asking where they have laid him, they say, “Come and see”. At this we have one of the most famous verses in the Bible, probably because of it’s brevity.
Question: Why did Jesus weep?
Jesus is the Son of God
Jesus can raise the dead
Jesus seemed to know that his delay would end in the dead of Lazarus
Jesus knows what he can do
So, why did Jesus weep?
I contend that Jesus is not weeping over the death of Lazarus but rather over the hopeless weeping that the others are doing. Do Mary and Martha not know Jesus well enough to know that he can raise Lazarus?
So Jesus raises Lazarus. He walks out of the tomb and he tells the people to unbind him. Word then begins to spread, much to the chagrin of the religious leaders. When you see people in hopeless despair, how do you show them Jesus? How do you show them that there is hope? How do you help people move from tears of despair to tears of Joy?