(30-37) Jesus Weeps
When we hurt, Christ hurts. When we cry, Christ cries. Never has there been any one closer to the human emotions that our Savior. He feels sorrow and joy, pain and happiness, grief and loneliness, agony and weakness, betrayal and hate more acutely than any other. This is why He is able to sympathize with us and meet us where we are, not where we wish to be.
(38-44) Jesus Raises Lazarus
Even before He called Lazarus out of the grave, Jesus thanked God for hearing Him. He knew that God always heard Him because He had the same will as His Father and pleased Him in everything. If we strive to follow God with all our hearts and seek to please Him in all that we do, we can have the same confidence that Jesus had of God hearing us.
Because Martha and her sister, Mary, believed, they were able to see the glory of God displayed in a dead man coming back to life. As believers, we also see the glory of God displayed around us. We see it in bits and pieces now, catching glimpses of it at work in our lives and in the lives of others. One day, we shall see it clearly and fully.
Favorite verse: (35) Jesus wept.