Jesus wept

In John 11:35 we find the shortest verse in our English translations: “Jesus wept.” Although a short verse, these two words tell us about who Jesus was and the love he has for people.

Earlier in this chapter, Jesus received word that his friend Lazarus was very ill. “So the sisters sent a message to Jesus, ‘Lord, look, the one you love is sick.’ When Jesus heard this, he said, ‘This sickness will not lead to death, but to God’s glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.’ (Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.) So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he remained in the place where he was for two more days” (John 11:3-6 NET). Continue reading “Jesus wept”

That last part is us

The Sadducees of Jesus’ day have been called the most insensible people to have risen to the height of political responsibility ever.

Their statement about Jesus in John 11:48 really highlights this.

The statement came shortly after Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, recorded in John 10. This miracle was incontrovertible proof that Jesus is the son of God. No one who had seen or had known about what Jesus had done could dispute it. Continue reading “That last part is us”