John 11: 33,35,38-39 (NIV)33When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled.
38Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. 39“Take away the stone,” he said.
“O church, your God is ‘outraged and troubled’ (v. 33) over you, coparticipating in your burdens by being angry and mournful at sickness, death, and sin. The ‘unmoved mover’ (Aristotle) is moved to tears for his people, the shepherd of his sheep (ch. 10). ‘We do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin’ (Heb 4:15). Worship the Lord, all his people, for he has come to you, meeting you where you are in your difficulties, embracing the suffering you face just as fully as he embraces you.” [E. Klink III, ZECNT (Kindle)]
As we learned Sunday, Jesus approaches like a “wrestler preparing for a contest”, troubled by the effects of death on his loved ones. Church, he is outraged and troubled over us, meeting us where we are.
Let’s pray: Lord, how great is your compassion. Thank you for embracing us in the midst of our difficulties. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Let’s worship to the song “Here again” by Elevation Worship.