In case you missed a few (John 11): Mary and Martha called for Jesus when their brother was sick. Jesus didn’t show up. He waited for two days and finally arrived on the scene after Lazarus had already died. Martha ran to meet him before he came into town, asking God to do the impossible, even when the circumstances seemed overwhelming. Her faith caused Jesus to say- “Your brother will rise again.” (v. 23)
“Then, when Mary came where Jesus was, and saw Him, she fell down at His feet, saying to Him, ‘Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.’
Therefore, when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled.” (v. 32-33)
Mary’s reaction was the same as Martha’s. If only. If only You would have been here, everything would have been different. I don’t know if Mary was mad at Jesus or upset that her Savior would leave her brother to die after hearing the news of his sickness. I can imagine Mary wasn’t the happiest person, especially because things didn’t work out as she had hoped.
Regardless, she falls at the feet of Jesus, calling Him Lord. She believes He is who He says He is, and she still believes that He is in control. She doesn’t hide her emotions or sugar coat the truth. She simply cries to her Savior and probably wonders why it couldn’t be different.
Did you catch Jesus’ reaction?
“…He groaned in the spirit and was troubled.” (v. 33)
Our worries, our troubles, our lives, affect His. Love can’t stand afar off and comfort the brokenhearted. Love stands in the place of the hurting and weeps with them. He is “A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief…” (Isaiah 53:3)
Because Jesus was fully God, He knew what would happen. He was going to raise Lazarus from the dead.
But, because He was fully man, He understood the depth of despair that came with losing a loved one. And He paused to share that grief because He cared.
“And He said, ‘Where have you laid him?’ They said to Him, ‘Lord, come and see.’
Then the Jews said, ‘See how He loved him!’ And some of them said, ‘Could not this Man, who opened the eyes of the blind, also have kept this man from dying?'” (v. 34-37)
Jesus’ delay of a miracle was for their good. Instead of being Mr. Fix-It immediately, he grew their faith by making them wait. And then, he identified with them through salty tears and a runny nose.
He could have kept the man from dying but He didn’t…”that the Son of God may be glorified through it” (v. 4). Sometimes things don’t work out like we think they should. And we cry out to Jesus, but He doesn’t fix it.
Do you know He weeps with us? Do you know that our cares are His cares, and our hurts, His hurts?
He feels the sting of death, the emptiness of a heart, and the loneliness of a soul.
But, He also sees what’s up ahead, and He doesn’t want us to miss out. Let’s cry out and feel His comfort, but let’s fall on our knees in surrender and trust His good and perfect plan…”for the glory of God.” (v. 4)