“Jesus wept.”(NASB)(Jn 11:35)
Many times we are unsympathetic towards others in the midst of their trouble. Often saying to them “Haven’t you prayed?”, “Don’t worry about it, it’s in God’s hands?”, or “Don’t you Have Faith?”. While these are all valid questions, it seems to be detached emotionally from a person feeling troubled. Feelings of being troubled can appear to some as a sign of lack of faith, it is a mistake to make this an initial assumption.
“Therefore, when Mary came where Jesus was, she saw Him, and fell at His feet, saying to Him, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.”
When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, He was deeply moved in spirit and was troubled,
and said, “Where have you laid him?” They *said to Him, “Lord, come and see.”
Jesus wept.”(NASB)(Jn 11:32–35)
When Jesus saw Mary and the Jews weeping with her. Jesus was “deeply moved in spirit and was troubled”. The Greek word for troubled used here is tarassō.
ταράσσω (tarassō): vb.; ≡ Str 5015—1. LN 16.3 stir up (Jn 5:7+; Jn 5:4 v.r.); 2. LN 25.244 cause great distress, trouble, disturb (Mt 2:3; Jn 14:1); 3. LN 39.44 cause a riot, throw into confusion (Ac 17:8+)
Jesus was stirred up from with in he was deeply moved in spirit, although he knew the outcome of the situation. Knowing that your current troubled situation is coming to an end, or even knowing how it will come to end does not always ease discomfort and troubled feelings. Jesus was well aware of the outcome, this is shown earlier in the passage.
“So the sisters sent word to Him, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.”
But when Jesus heard this, He said, “This sickness is not to end in death, but for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified by it.””(NASB)(Jn 11:3–4)
“This He said, and after that He *said to them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I go, so that I may awaken him out of sleep.””(NASB)(Jn 11:11)
“Jesus *said to her, “Your brother will rise again.””
Although Jesus knows what work the Father instructed him to do regarding Lazarus, he can’t help but be disturbed on more than one occasion . Note the troubled feeling occurs when he is in the situation among those mourning. One occasion being surrounded by Mary and Jews weeping with her, and another drawing near to the tomb of his beloved friend Lazarus. This is when he was deeply moved in spirit.
So Jesus, again being deeply moved within, *came to the tomb. Now it was a cave, and a stone was lying against it.(NASB) (Jn 11:38)
We will naturally have more strength emotionally outside a troubling situation than in the midst of it.I say this to say for us all to be mindful that while a brother or sister may be in a troubling situation to understand that our words and behavior maybe of outside the situation. Our strength can appear to be a lack of confidence for those weakened, they may see themselves as not having enough faith, questioning if God hears them, or if God has truly answered them. We mean well and desire to encourage our brothers and sisters, let us realize that feelings are a part of being human. We must lower ourselves to our brothers and sisters to be able to discern properly, this involves no words at times. Feelings are normal we learn from Jesus that they should not lead us, God’s word is what leads those who believes upon his son.
While Jesus was troubled a second time he still was aware of his assignment, and instructions God gave him to follow:
Jesus *said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”
So they removed the stone. Then Jesus raised His eyes, and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.
“I knew that You always hear Me; but because of the people standing around I said it, so that they may believe that You sent Me.”(NASB)(Jn 11:40–42)
Jesus repeated “if you believe, you will see the glory of God”, so that the Jews accompanying Lazarus’s sisters may hear and believe. While I admit, trouble situation can lead to doubting. It’s important to understand this is not always the case, and should not be a litmus test of faith.
There has been times where I have prayed to God about a situation more than once, He gave me a response the first time and I believed. However the trouble feelings were before me and I needed comfort in the situation, comfort in this case was not being removed from the situation but knowing He is with me. In these seasons God reveals himself to me in word.We are often looking to give answers to every situation instead of comforting one another in love. A problem I admit I deal with.
Jesus was moved by Lazarus’s sisters and the Jew’s grief. He knew this was not the end for Lazarus yet he was moved seeing them weep for his beloved friend.Let’s take a lesson from this situation, once we are no longer stressed or troubled its often hard to recall those feelings free from a troubled feeling situation. Remembering it is not our wisdom or confidence that delivers us, but God’s faithful word always. Let’s encourage and comfort one anothe in love. Being led by God’s word which is truth and enlightens all man who believe in His son Jesus Christ the righteous.
Stay encouraged Brothers and Sisters, although we do not see all things subjected to us, we do see Jesus Christ. Who passed from death to life into Glory. Our Faith is in this fact in hope that we may also be Glorified as he is. We do not yet see this, but we hope. Who hopes in what is seen? with Faith we persevere into Glory.
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