Day 15 / John Study / She Reads Truth
To imagine our Lord, our Savior, our Shepherd, our King …having a love so deeply compassionate and empathetic He weeps with us…is just so hard to grasp.
For many of us, we haven’t experienced that kind of love and empathy here on earth.
The definition of empathy is this:
-the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.
Let’s face it…we are often too busy trying to understand our OWN feelings. We don’t have room to think of someone else’s…unless we think it will be of some benefit to ourselves:) Hard to admit, but true.
The definition of empathy also suggests that we SHARE those feelings…stepping into someone else’s circumstance, to walk through it with them. This is what our loving Jesus demonstrates here in John 11.
33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled. 34 And he said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” 35 Jesus wept. 36 So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”
Can you see it?
He is with you…walking through whatever circumstance you are in right now. Not only is He with you, but He has a heart of compassion and empathy for you…He has experienced what you are going through…pain, sorrow, abandonment, rejection, betrayal, loss.
Rebecca Faines says this:
“Verse 35, tells us that “Jesus wept” for his friend Lazarus. Death has struck a blow, and Jesus weeps to see sin and its consequences in a fallen world. But His tears are not an indication of defeat. Instead, there at Lazarus’s tomb, Christ wages war on death, arresting the powers of death and decay, and reversing them.”
He takes our hand and walks us out of that circumstance!
I am overwhelmed by His love and provision daily.
Let’s raise our hands in praise for His unending love.
JOHN 11 WHEN JESUS WEPT
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