November 12, 2018

What I read today

2 Chronicles 26; Song of Songs 5-6; Joel 3; John 11; 1 Thessalonians 4-5

I sometimes wonder why Jesus did what he did.  Why would you leave paradise and come and live as a human being in a world such as the one we live in?  Why would you endure the struggles of day to day life?  Why would tolerate a divided society that always seems on the edge of chaos?

From the fall of man to today, I just don’t get why God puts up with us.

Then I read John 11.

Each one of us will one day die.  It’s a statistical fact.  We’re all finite human beings with a limited shelf life.

Lazarus was no different.  He’d endured a sudden illness and passed away.  The families grieve the loss of a son, a brother and a friend.  We’ve all lived through the same many times before in our own lives.  Jesus arrives and sees the devastation and pain and does the unexpected.  He weeps.

What caused Jesus to do what he did?  What caused him to step out of heaven and walk to the cross? It was his compassion and love for you and me.  He still weeps for you and me.  Jesus still weeps when we endure the pain of a loss, or the tragedy of death.  Jesus is still there when we endure disease or personal trial.

When mankind fell into sin in the Garden of Eden, he could have wiped everything out and started over.  But his love for his creation caused him to set in motion a plan that would allow us an out.  A plan that would give each of us the opportunity to live in his grace and mercy even though we did not earn or deserve that chance.  His love is what brought him here to earth.

This short passage, “Jesus Wept”, tells us exactly how much Jesus loves each and every one of us.

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