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Jesus Wept - Moved in spirit and troubled; the reasons why

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Moved in spirit and troubled; the reasons why

“When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come to along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled” (John 11:33).

This particular passage offers us a great insight from which we can actually deduce the reasons why Jesus wept at the grave of Lazarus. If there is any verse that can help us to understand the reasons behind his sorrowful disposition, this perhaps is that verse. You must understand that at the time the death of Lazarus took place, the ministry of Jesus on earth was gradually coming to an end, but prior to this event, he had spent his time making disciples out of his followers. In making disciples of them he was equipping them to be able to continue from where his earthly ministry ends. In him was the life that became the light of men (John 1:4), and all of those who come into that light were meant to shine it to the rest of the world and bring many more to the source of the light.

Jesus, the one who is the light of men, had spent all this time lighting the light of the world, for he told them what their role in the world would be. They were to be the salt and light of the world. They were to be the beacons of hope to the world that was given to hopelessness, they were to be the shining light to the world that was lost in darkness (Mathew 5:13 - 16).

In order to equip them for this role, he had spent his time teaching them about the Kingdom of God and its principles. He taught them how to walk in the power of the kingdom. Not only did he teach them, but he also conferred on them the authority to perform the same signs and wonders that he had displayed amongst them. He did not stop there for he also told them that greater works was within their reach if only they can believe. He taught and revealed to them what was available to them through faith and how to exercise that faith. He taught them how to pray and how to ask and receive whatever they desire from God assuring them that they would have their prayers answered. It can be said that he taught about the secrets of the Kingdom, for he said that to them(his disciples) had been given to know the secrets of the kingdom (Mathew 13:11).  Jesus had taught them that everything was available to them and to them everything was possible, the only condition being, if only they would believe as he declared to them;

“Nothing shall be impossible to those who believe”

But when Jesus got to Bethany the platform that was set for demonstration of God’s power and glory, the unbelief in the air was so thick, it was of such magnitude that made Jesus to feel that he had wasted his time. His compassion for the helplessness of everyone present was of such that he was troubled and moved.  You see Jesus was not bothered about Martha, he already knew that she does not have what it takes, Martha was the distracted one, she had not received the word she was too busy and distracted to do so. Jesus was not bothered about the crowd, he understood the position they had taken with regards to the death of Lazarus, they could not have taken any other, they were not enlightened about the glory of God that is available in the Son. It was for their enlightenment that the event at Bethany occurred in the first place, Jesus expected them to be there in their numbers and with their eyes blinded by the Prince that ruled the world as a result keeping the knowledge of God’s glory from them.

But with Mary it appeared someone had stolen from her, the truth which his teachings made available, it appeared the enemy who comes to steal, kill and destroy had done a thorough job on her, it appeared all the days spent teaching her were wasted, and nothing was gained from the moments he had spent imparting her with the word of life. In spite of all that was at her disposal, she was as helpless the ones she was supposed to serve as a beacon of hope and a ray of light to. You see Mary represented what is wrong with many of us believers today, we spend what appears to be loads of  time in the word in, but it appears for some reason we are unable to retain the word and as a result, we unable to bear fruit with the word.

The question that would be asked of Mary would be, what happened to the words you were taught? What did you do with the words or who stole the words from you? Sadly Mary is not here to answer these questions, but we are, since we are prone to the same lapses, perhaps we should be the one to answer these questions, because sooner or later we would face our own Bethany. Our Bethany might be just around the corner where all that God needs to move on our behalf is to act upon the word that we have been privileged to hear. Let us go back to Mary one more time, what did she make of those days when she would sit at the feet of Jesus to listen to him teach her? Did she think she was hearing tales by the moonlight? Did she think that all what transpired in their house at the time, was all part of the entertainment which Jesus brought along with him as their guest?

Once again Mary is not here to answer these questions, but same questions can be thrown at us today who are even more privileged to have the seed of the word sown into our lives on a regular basis via a plethora of sources. Speaking about the privilege of the seed of the word, it must be said that our generation is so blessed with the access we have to the word. From TV, to radio and to the bible we have the privilege of constantly hearing the word. In addition we have the benefits of many teachers, both in the physical and in the person of the Holy Spirit himself, a privilege that was bequeathed to us through the sweat and blood of the Messiah, what excuse do we have not to produce with it?

What should Mary have done you may ask? Are you implying that Mary should have performed the miracle of raising Lazarus from the dead?. Not quite, but to start with Elijah was a man like us Jesus said, so was Elisha and all the other who walked in the power of God. But let us assume for a minute that the faith of Mary was not enough to carry out such magnitude of miracle (some of the disciples had failed a simpler task by the way), nevertheless there is still much that is demanded of Mary, based on the privilege being taught the word by the Son of God and having seen him at work. I believe this was what informed their decision to send for Jesus. Not only that, the response which they also got that he (Jesus) was on the way. The least which the word of God could have done in the life of Mary based on this information is to elicit hope, a hope that should be visible for all to see. The least she could have done from the time spent at the feet of Jesus being taught by the Son of God is to exercise a different disposition from the crowds that do not know their right from their left. The word and the teachings she had received from Jesus should at least have produced a different Mary from the one that came out to welcome Jesus who was no different from the hapless crowd. Not only that, her confessions also ought to have been different from the confessions of Martha whom Jesus rebuked as not giving enough time for things that mattered in life. The point here is that the teachings of the Messiah it appears did not achieve anything in the life of Mary. The word of God and the mysteries of the kingdom that was revealed to her, it appeared made no impact on her or her condition in the world.

For Jesus, the sight of Mary displaying the same hopelessness and helplessness which the milling crowd that came to mourn the death of Lazarus displayed was enough to evoke a deep sense of sorrow from deep within. It was not the death of Lazarus that evoked this; rather it was the sight of the one who ought to know better, whose confession ought to be different that unnerved Jesus. It was the sight of the one who ought to testify to the glory of the Son of God with what she had been taught and seen that got Jesus worried and this eventually moved him to tears. It was the sight of the one who ought to give hope to the rest of the mourning crowd but herself was overtaken by hopelessness that moved Jesus to tears. He was moved to tears because the one who ought to be the light to others through her faith was not different from those who were in the dark. He wept because the one who was supposed to point the mourning crowd to the gift of life that is in the Son of God, the one he came to give to the world was herself in need of someone to show her hope. What happened to the one who is supposed to be the light to the world?

Why did Jesus weep? He wept because he could not find the faith that was needed when he got to Bethany, he was not expecting it from the crowd that came to mourn it was expected rather from those whom the Messiah had poured out the word of truth into, the ones who were now expected to bring forth with the word. If those whom the Messiah had spent time with while preparing them for manifestation of his glory are struggling, what hope is there for those who are meant to be drawn to God from the glory that is to be displayed?

The truth is the word of God is given to produce in us, it remains the power of God through which the truth that sets us free is revealed to us. We have an obligation therefore to the word of God, and that obligation is to allow the word not only to dwell in  us, but to also transform and re-shape us. The word is given to us to help us grow and to make us productive in order to take our position in the kingdom.



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“[BOOK I Psalms 1?41] Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night.”

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