Sunday, February 01, 2009

Jesus Wept

Monday Manna



For Monday Manna this week, Joanne chose the shortest verse in the Bible. Don't forget to join us at Joanne's for links to more thoughts on this great verse!
Jesus wept.
~John 11:35


This is a verse that has grabbed me each time I've read it for the last several years. I always see the compassion of Jesus in this verse—whether it's compassion for the heartache Mary and Martha were going through, compassion on Lazarus for calling him away from the better place he'd gone to, or compassion on the lost people all around Him. Jesus was a compassionate man.
PhotobucketHe is a compassionate God.
PhotobucketHe sees our heartaches and understands our sorrows.

But Your are a God of forgiveness,
Gracious and compassionate,
Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness;
And You did not forsake them.

~Nehemiah 9:17

The Lord's lovingkindnesses indeed never cease,
for His compssions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great it Your faithfulness.

~Lamentaions 3:22-23


Not only can we depend oh His faithfulness, but we can depend on His compassion—remembering that He is a just and righteous God.

The fact that the Bible records that Jesus wept is a vivid reminder to me that He is compassionate and that He does understand what we're going through and just how frail humanity is. There's tremendous comfort for me in Jesus' tears. When we're going through a hard time and we come in contact with a compassionate person, we really appreciate and feel their concern. How much greater when we encounter Christ's compassion and tears for us?!

Heavenly Father, thank You for understanding me, and loving me. Being the just and righteousness God that You are, You could have passed over being compassionate, but Lord, I'm so thankful You didn't. Please help me to always run to You for compassion, but also to never take it for granted. You paid a high price for compassion. I love You, Lord Jesus. Thank You.

He was despised and forsaken of men,
A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief;
And like one from whom men hide their face
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
Surely our griefs He Himself bore,
And our sorrow He carried;
Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten of God, and afflicted.

~Isaiah 53:3-4



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3 comments:

  1. Amen. I am SO glad that we serve a compassionate God. Thank you SO much for participating, and "feeding" me this afternoon.

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  2. How different would our lives be if we remembered His compassion more often?
    Thanks for your thoughts.

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  3. I LOVE the Isaiah passage! It works in so well with "Jesus wept" and all of your other thoughts on His compassion.

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