Is Jesus Groaning Over You?


Is Jesus groaning over you? John 11:32 says, “Then, when Mary came where Jesus was, and saw Him,she fell down at His feet, saying to Him, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.’Therefore, when Jesus saw her weeping and the Jews who came with her weeping, He groaned in thespirit and was troubled. And He said, ‘Where have you laid him?’ They said to Him, ‘Lord, come andsee.’ Jesus wept. Then the Jews said, ‘See how He loved him!’ And some of them said, ‘Could not thisMan, who opened the eyes of the blind, also have kept this man from dying?’ Then Jesus, again groaningin Himself, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. Jesus said, ‘Take away the stone.’Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, ‘Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has beendead four days.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the gloryof God?’”

His family sent for Christ when Lazarus was sick, for they knew at this point that Jesus had the power toheal. We know that God can do all things, that He loves us, and we come to Him expectantly. Mary andMartha, Lazarus’ two sisters, said, “Lord, the one you love, is sick,” supposing Jesus would comeimmediately. But He didn't. He waited a certain amount of time until Lazarus died. In John 11:11, Jesussays, “Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him.” Verses 12–15 say, “The disciples said,‘Lord if he sleeps, he will get well.’ However, Jesus spoke of his death, but they thought he was speakingabout taking rest and sleep. Then Jesus said to them plainly, ‘Lazarus is dead. And I'm glad for your sakethat I was not there that you may believe. Nevertheless, let us go to him.’”

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