THE PASSING OF A FRIEND

John 11:35 “Jesus wept.”

I preached from this verse at a funeral once. The main focus of the thought on the verse that day was why Jesus may have cried that day. He may have because he knew what he was bringing his good friend Lazarus back to. Once again Lazarus would be subject to disease, defeat, deception, dread, and doubts. He was going to have to feel pain and persecution for his beliefs. And most of all one day he would have to die yet again. Jesus knew all of this and even more about what the future held for his friend. But bringing Lazarus back to life was for both the greater good and for the glory of God.

With that being said, this blog is not about that today. I believe that there was still another reason why Jesus could have wept that day. The death of Lazarus mirrored another death. One that had occurred centuries earlier. He was in a garden in a land called Eden. There a man who is called the Son of God (Luke 3:38) died. his death was for the worse. The day Adam died spiritually mankind was plunged into sin and darkness. Disobedience to God killed him, and us spiritually.

As a result we are all born to die. And so was Jesus. However by his death we can all live eternally in heaven if we trust Jesus as our Savior.

But back to our verse. Jesus wept. I believe he may have also wept that day that Adam died and now here through his human eyes he sees another good friend gone. Hebrews 4:15 tells us that our High Priest (which is Jesus) knows all that we have gone through, although we suffer through, and all of our feelings. If he didn’t he couldn’t help us very much.

This morning I received word that my pastor and his family lost a family member. Their beloved pet dog had to be put to sleep the night before. I’ve been there and that’s why I’m here writing this. I know their pain from my own experience. It hurts deeply. And I am praying for them as they are going through this terrible ordeal.

The good news is that they all know Jesus as your Savior and as such have a heavenly Father who will take them through the valley of the shadow of death. They have an advocate, a friend, a brother who truly understands what they are going through and who genuinely feels their pain.

I am limited in what I can do for them. But my God, our God and Father is not limited.

So in closing I would ask each of you reading this, do you know Jesus as your Savior? If you don’t, would you like to have him as your Savior? Just confess to him that you are a sinner bound for hell and ask him to save you. If you believe he will, then he will save you. Romans 10:13 “For whosoever shall call upon the nsme of the Lord shall be saved.”

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