“Then Jesus, deeply moved again, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, by this time there will be an odor, for he has been dead four days.” Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this on account of the people standing around, that they may believe that you sent me.” When he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out.” The man who had died came out, his hands and feet bound with linen strips, and his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.””
‭‭John‬ ‭11:38-44‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Hi Good Thing,

As I have been reading about Jesus in the book of John, so many things about Him have been standing out to me that never have before. Specifically in this eleventh chapter; phrases like, “deeply moved”. My heart has come to know that our Savior is compassionate. He cares. Think about that for a moment. The Creator of the universe, the One who made everything and who holds it all together, (John 1:1-3, Colossians 1:16-17) is compassionate and cares. The Lifter of our heads, the one who lifted up His eyes to God the Father, and cried out “Lazarus, come out”, cares about you and me. Please don’t miss this. Whatever season you are in (singleness, divorce, widowhood, marriage, emptinester, separation, sickness, grief, wild toddlers in the home, depression, anxiety, transition, or just plain old tiredness) the Lord Jesus cares.

The book of John is purely concentrated on the diety of Christ. Here is another way to say it, the book of John is soley for you to see that God the Son, the Word, the One who spoke creation into existence, and breathed into the nostrils of man, and fashioned the woman from the man’s bones is here, with His creation. Again, I want you to think about that. God got up close and personal with His creation. Let me say it this way: Sis, Jesus is the King of Kings, and the Lord of Lords, and he made Himself flesh, and lived with his creation, so He could be in intimate relationship (the one that was broken by Adam, when he ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil) with His dearly beloved.

So what? You ask. Why are you telling me this Brandy? Here is why: Think about what you are going through right now, and then try to match it up to Jesus. You can’t. The King of glory is ours. The man acquainted with our griefs has come. Come to set us free from the chains of sin, give us hope in the midst of great tragedies, and to give us new life. Friend, the book of John repeats one word a bunch of times, believe. Believe, not a warm and fuzzy feeling, but strong trust and obedience even when your world seems to be unmanageable, you believe, or know and trust with all your being, that the Lifter, Jesus will make it alright. That somehow, He will turn my current tragedy to triumph.

This same Jesus who brought Lazarus back to life, is still able. The One who we will remember this Friday, that nailed our sins to the cross is still able. The One who laid in the grave, and then lifted Himself out of it, is still lifting.

What do you need Him to lift for you?

Your Sister in Christ,
~Nate’s Good Thing, Brandy