What I read today;

Exodus 8; 2 Samuel 23-24; Psalm 52; Isaiah 52; John 11; 1 Thessalonians 1-2

The pain in our world is all around us.  People mourn the loss of loved ones.  We feel the pain as we suffer through job loss or money troubles.  Daily, we struggle with health issues and many other problems.

When sin entered into our world, the perfection that Adam and Eve lived in was lost.  The perfect creation around us became imperfect and flawed.

That’s the world we’ve created for ourselves.  A world of troubles and struggles.

The worst struggle of all is death.  If you’ve lived long enough to witness the death of a child, parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle or friend you know how painful the experience can be.

Mary and Martha were living with that pain after the death of their brother Lazarus.  In the midst of all the pain, comes the shortest verse in the Bible, “Jesus Wept.”

Jesus didn’t weep out of a sense of loss for himself.  He knew where Lazarus was.  He knew that Lazarus was in heaven.  The pain Lazarus went through was now over.  He wept for this world that we live in.  A world filled with pain and suffering.  He cried those tears for our sinful human condition and the paint that it causes.

But Jesus also offered hope.  He told Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life.  Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who believes in me shall never die.”

Our hope is in those words of Jesus our savior.  We have this hope because Jesus, who keeps his promises, has told us that he will raise each and every one of us to eternal life taking us to be with him in eternity.

Jesus raised Lazarus that day.  He showed each one of us that there is hope if we trust in Jesus.  Find comfort in the fact that Jesus will always keep his word!

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