Read Today’s Scripture: John 11:1-45
The Death of Lazarus Where Jesus Weeps
On the traditional Lenten calendar, we are now in the last week before Holy Week. We feel we still have so much more to surrender, so much more to change about ourselves, so much more grace to receive, and yet, Jesus continues to journey with us like He did with the disciples knowing full well they didn’t “get it” yet.
Neither do we. And that’s ok.
This passage instructs us that, though our striving to be more like Jesus won’t be fully completed before we die, even death won’t stop what Jesus will do in us.
We love our God who can speak life into death, who can shine light into the darkness.
Read through the passage above prayerfully. There are a cast of characters from Mary, Martha, Thomas, the disciples, among others, who show up in this story. Who do you most identify with? Why?
As you read through a a few more times, what conversational responses or actions by Jesus really speak to you personally? What is Jesus saying to you?
Do you believe Jesus has ever wept for you? Why? If so, how does this make you feel?
Enjoy journaling your reactions if this is a spiritual practice you favor.
Image by Marion Doss