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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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February 26, 2013 - Why We Weep

By Gary Rogers

The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., last December resulted in an enormous amount of tears. Few things are as sad as the death of a child. The grief has spread across our nation. People with no personal relationship to the families of the victims have shed tears of sorrow as if standing alongside them and sharing their grief.

John 11:35 is the shortest verse in the Bible, but it reveals volumes about Jesus. With brief but profound insight it says, "Jesus wept." The scene was the death of a friend. Lazarus had died. There are no details given other than Lazarus became sick and the illness took his life.

Jesus' weeping would raise a number of questions. Was He weeping due to the close relationship He had with Lazarus? Was He weeping because He wasn't there to heal Lazarus? Was He weeping because of the loss of life Lazarus suffered? Was He weeping due to the victory of death? Was He weeping because He felt powerless to change the situation? Actually it was none of these.

When Jesus arrived in Bethany, Lazarus' sisters Mary and Martha were grieving over the death of their brother. They, along with their friends, were weeping. Jesus was overcome with emotion because of their sorrow, and He wept with them.

John 11:33 says, "Therefore, when Jesus saw [Mary] weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled" (NKJV). This groaning in His spirit and this troubling of His soul became visible when Jesus wept. Jesus cried because He saw others weeping. Their broken hearts caused His heart to break. Their tears brought tears to His eyes.

Jesus knew what He was about to do. He knew Lazarus would be raised from the dead. Jesus didn't weep because He was powerless to change the circumstance; He was going to completely alter the situation. Jesus didn't weep because of the victory of death; that triumph was short-lived. Jesus didn't weep because of the loss of life for Lazarus; Lazarus would live again. Jesus didn't weep because He wasn't able to heal Lazarus; Lazarus' new life eradicated his illness. Jesus didn't weep because of a lost relationship with Lazarus; He would soon see His friend again.

Jesus wept because He saw other people weeping. We cry with those whose hearts are broken. And, in sharing the sorrow of others, we can point them to the One who can bring healing in every situation. Our compassion becomes a bridge to His love and restoration.

— Gary Rogers is senior pastor of Grand Assembly of God in Chickasha, Okla.



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