Daily Archives: June 12, 2018
This summer, we are studying the Beatitudes that start-off Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5:1-12. These ways that Jesus tells us we should act as Christians are counter-cultural, with blessings or rewards that will come in eternity, not here. We’ll be digging deeper into each of the 9 Beatitudes, looking at other verses in the Bible that describe each characteristic, Biblical characters that exude the Beatitudes, and the blessing that comes from it. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4)
John 11:33, 35
Jesus Comforts the Sisters of Lazarus
17 On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. 18 Now Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem, 19 and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother. 20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.
21 “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.”
23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
24 Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”
25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
27 “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”
28 After she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside. “The Teacher is here,” she said, “and is asking for you.” 29 When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him. 30 Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. 31 When the Jews who had been with Mary in the house, comforting her, noticed how quickly she got up and went out, they followed her, supposing she was going to the tomb to mourn there.
32 When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”
33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. 34 “Where have you laid him?” he asked.
“Come and see, Lord,” they replied.
35 Jesus wept.
36 Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”
37 But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”
Grieving is Important | Shiree King
John 11:33, 35
The words, “Jesus wept,” reveal the deep sympathy God feels for the sorrow of His people. The verb “wept” in Greek indicates that Jesus burst into tears, then wept silently. Jesus knew that he could and would raise Lazarus from the dead, so I don’t know that he was mourning for Lazarus as much as for the relatives of Lazarus who were grieving. The book of John stresses the deity of Jesus more than any other gospel, yet this passage shows the human emotions he experienced. It demonstrates that this big, powerful God does have a deep, emotional, sympathetic love for His people.
I have thought a lot about the lesson on grieving from the Bible Study I led this year. In a culture that encourages us to “put on our big girl panties and move on”, it is so important that we fight that mentality and take time to be sad and mourn our losses and allow God to heal and sustain us. It is true that we do need to move on, but no matter how big or small the loss is, it is important first to be sad, grieve, forgive, and relinquish “it” to God. The lesson gave the analogy of losses that aren’t grieved as a bathtub that just keeps filling and eventually overflows, making a bigger mess of our lives.
Dear God, Thank You for showing us that it is ok to experience strong emotions and to grieve. Thank You for Your sympathetic love that has the power to sustain us in our periods of grief. Please show us the losses we need to grieve and walk with us through them. Amen.
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