Crossing the Divide

John 11:33-35
“When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also
weeping, He was deeply moved in spirit and was troubled, and said, ‘Where have
you laid him?’ They said to Him, ‘Lord, come and see.’  Jesus wept.”

Observation: Jesus
deeply loved Lazarus. Lazarus had become ill, so his sisters, Mary and Martha,
sent for Jesus to heal him. Jesus, knowing that Lazarus was going to die,
remained where He was for two more days. By the time He set out for Bethany, Lazarus was
indeed dead and, upon Jesus’s arrival, had been in the tomb for four days. Both
sisters expressed the conviction that if Jesus had come earlier, Lazarus would
not have died.

Application: The verse, “Jesus wept” reveals the depth of
Jesus’s compassion for those who grieve over loss. But since the death of my
wife after a long, debilitating illness, this verse presents an additional
dimension of compelling love. 

Jesus knew heaven well, and He knew His dear friend Lazarus
was there enjoying unimaginable aspects of being in that beautiful place. Jesus
knew well what He was about to call Lazarus from, and He wept. I am
convinced this is the meaning of the previous sentence, which says Jesus was
troubled. His tears were surely not due to sadness over Lazarus’s death,
because He could easily have prevented it. But His profound empathy as He
contemplated calling Lazarus away from the divine presence of the Father filled
Him with overflowing emotion. Lazarus, crossing the
divide this time, would be going in the wrong direction.

I long to be in that place of no more sorrow, no more pain
and suffering. The reward for the Christian is the promise of eternity spent in
the presence of the Holy One, reveling forever in unending beauty reflected
from the countenance of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Prayer: Lord, I
long to be in Your presence for eternity. My heart aches to be with You,
immersed in the glory of Your beauty realm. Eternal life with You began the
moment I accepted You as Lord and Savior, yet for a while longer You apparently
believe it best that I remain here. Do what You will in me to prepare me to
stand in Your glorious presence.

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