The Savior's Compassion
Now when Jesus came, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles off, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother. . — John 11:17-19
So most of the time, when we read this story, we read it from the perspective of Mary and Martha. We tend to empathize with them because we have all been impacted by death just like they were. And death is hard. It affects us all in different ways.
But today, instead of reading this story from the perspective of Mary, Martha, or even Lazarus, I want you to read this story from the perspective of Jesus. Because there is no doubt in my mind that Jesus did not walk into this situation fully aware of what was about to happen to him. He knew that just over the horizon, two miles from where he stood, he was going to face his own imminent death. He was going to die, be placed in a grave, and be raised to life by his own power days later. Now, one else at this moment knew or understood this — but Jesus did. And what he was about to do for this family was an incredible miracle. It was a moment he was going to give a small family a great gift. The gift of life and hope to Lazarus. But it was also an object lesson. A moment that they might return to after the horrific campaign of events that were about to occur just over the horizon.
And you know what's so amazing to me about this moment when I read it from that perspective?
The fact that Jesus, in light of imminent danger, can still minister to people in such a loving and caring manner. That he gives more thought to others over himself. Now that is a Savior. And Savior is a title you can't give to any other god that man has ever thought up. Our God sent his Son, Jesus, who showed us he cares more about our pain and sorrows than even his own. That's a Savior who is worthy of worship.
So fellas, if you need saving today, why haven't come to the Compassionate Savior? He delights in you. He knows your pain. He is ready to save. And there is nothing and no situation he can't save you from because nothing is impossible for him.
- How does Jesus' selfless love and care for others challenge your own perspective on prioritizing the needs of others over your own?
- In what ways can you invite Jesus to be your Savior and Lord, trusting Him to handle the complexities and challenges of your life?
DO THIS: Ask Jesus to save you.
PRAY THIS: God, in my pain and struggles, I come before You seeking Your saving grace and compassion. I acknowledge that I cannot navigate life's challenges on my own, and I humbly ask for Your intervention. I invite You, Jesus, to be the Savior and Lord of my life. Come into my heart and lead me on the path of righteousness. Fill me with Your compassion so that I may extend love and care to others, just as You have shown to me. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.
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