“See how he loved him!” John 11:36b (NIV)
Passage: John 11:28-37
In this passage of Scripture, Jesus wept with Mary about the death of her brother, Lazarus. Because Jesus wept, many of the Jews looking on noted Jesus’ love for Lazarus, while other Jews wondered why Jesus had not chosen to miraculously save him. I wonder what those Jews thought when Jesus, only a few moments later, raised Lazarus from the dead. Actually, Scripture tells us. Many chose to believe in Jesus, while others went to report the event to the religious leaders in the temple. In John 11:48 we read of the religious leaders’ concerns. They reportedly said, “If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and then the Romans will come and take away both our temple and our nation.” Who would not want someone to believe in Jesus? What would possess them to fear the Roman’s more than they feared God?
May we keep our eyes focused on the things from above. May we be reminded that we, as Christians, are not of this world. Let us not be conformed to the things of this world, but instead be transformed into the likeness of Jesus, the Christ. Let us also remember, we have a heavenly home and a spiritual connection that transcends the limits of this physical world. (inspired by Reflecting God – Devotions for Holy Living, WordAction Publishing Company)