JESUS WEPT, John 11:35

YES, two simple words with incredible depth!

Why was Jesus in tears, because of the death of Lazarus? That may be how it looks on the surface of the story, but there is more going on there than meets the eye! Yes, Mary and Martha were upset, along with others. Their brother had died, they were in mourning, and to top it off if Jesus had been around 4 days earlier Lazarus could still be alive! They believed Jesus could have healed their brother! They believed they would see him in the resurrection at the last day. You can definitely say she had her theology right! Not members of the church, for the church had not officially started yet since Jesus had not died for our sins yet!

g1145. δακρύω dakryō; from 1144; to shed tears: — weep. Compare 2799.
AV (1) – weep 1;

g2799. κλαίω klaiō; of uncertain affinity; to sob, i.e. wail aloud (whereas 1145 is rather to cry silently): — bewail, weep.
AV (40) – weep 39, bewail 1;
to mourn, weep, lament weeping as the sign of pain and grief for the thing signified (i.e. for the pain and grief) of those who mourn for the dead
to weep for, mourn for, bewail, one, From the Strong’s Concordance.

Sure Mary and Martha were in the klaio g2799 mode of sobbing, wailing, aloud while I think, Jesus was in a more serious mode of the g1145 mode of to cry silently. Jesus was mourning with Mary and Martha, with their grief. Jesus turned this time of mourning into a time of teaching, rejoicing, and revealing the power, majesty, and the glory of the Lord Almighty!!! I believed he was in this mode when he was crying over Jerusalem it self, Matt. 23:37, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!”

HIS teaching was concerning of the facts of who he was and his abilities. Look at the full story and don’t miss the truth presented about our Saviour!

John 11:1-47, “Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. (– It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.) Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick. When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby. Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was. Then after that saith he to his disciples, Let us go into Judaea again. His disciples say unto him, Master, the Jews of late sought to stone thee; and goest thou thither again? Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world. But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him. These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep. Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well. Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep. Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead. And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him. Then said Thomas, which is called Didymus, unto his fellow disciples, Let us also go, that we may die with him. Then when Jesus came, he found that he had lain in the grave four days already. Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off: And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother. Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house. Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee. Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world. And when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come, and calleth for thee. As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly, and came unto him. Now Jesus was not yet come into the town, but was in that place where Martha met him. The Jews then which were with her in the house, and comforted her, when they saw Mary, that she rose up hastily and went out, followed her, saying, She goeth unto the grave to weep there. Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled, And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see. Jesus wept. Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him! And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died? Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days. Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God? Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me. And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go. Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him. But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them what things Jesus had done.”

POINT ONE: THE GLORY OF GOD

When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby. Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was. We are told right off this is to teach those not told why Lazarus is sick, for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby!

POINT TWO: “TIMING IS EVERYTHING”

Then after that saith he to his disciples, Let us go into Judaea again. His disciples say unto him, Master, the Jews of late sought to stone thee; and goest thou thither again? Jesus needed to wait two days until the time was right, for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby! It has been said, “That timing is everything”. If your a son of God, Fear for your life is not an accuse to keep you from fulfilling the will of God, or to glorify him.. It was once brought to my attention, that this something had happened to me, That it was better than the alternative, meaning death. My unexpected response was, NO, IT WOUNDN’T, give me the alternative! I would rather have the alternative (DEATH) and meet my Saviour, than be left here to suffer with something. The gift of Eternal Life promised to me by my Lord Jesus, who cannot lie, (Titus 1:2), negates everything that would keep me from being with Him! The FEAR of something is that one thing that keeps us from telling lost souls the Gospel of Christ!

Of course his disciples had no clue what Jesus was waiting for. They were accustomed to witnessing his miracles. They heard or saw water turned to wine, they saw the blind see, the crippled healed, the lame walk, what the had not seen was the dead live again! They were expecting Jesus, had he went earlier would, see Jesus do more of the same, heal Lazarus. The explanation of Christ of why he was waiting, flew right over their head, to the point where he just had to plainly spit it out! Lazarus is DEAD!

POINT THREE: WALKING WITH NO LIGHT

Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world. But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him. Now these are great Doctrinal AND SPIRITUAL truths Jesus is going to point out about light and darkness! Every person living during that day and time were living when Christ had not died yet! Meaning that men could walk during the day light seeing the light of this world (the moral corruption and avoid it) but could not walk during the night because there is no light in him! (No Spiritual discernment). The only light they had at that tine was the Old Testament, You will see the importance of this later. Now remember, Jesus is the Light of the World

John 8:12, Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. 9:5, As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

Ephesians 6:12, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” While people of Mary and Martha dat did not have this verse they still fought against these same enemies.

No person living during the time of Mary and Martha were in Christ or Christ in them as explained in John 17:21-26 or as we are now until acts 2 when they were baptized with Spirit! Thus the statement, there is no light in him. As long Jesus was with them there was light in the world. Thus the same idea as with the Kingdom of God and Kingdom of Heaven being at hand as long as Jesus was there, in the book of Matthew. Those are separate kingdoms, (See another blog on that topic.) There is no light in a person without Christ being in them! Christ had not died at that time!

John 1:1-5, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” I think this is a very applicable verse that goes right along with this blog! It gives a lot of the insights to this story of Lazarus. Following this verse, John 1:14, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” I remind you that is what this story is all about, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby!

So how does verses like, Psalms 119:11, Thy word have I hid in mine heart,
that I might not sin against thee.
or Psalms 119:105, Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Jesus is the Word, John 1:1. fit into this side track rabbit trail? Now just think the nation of Israel had the word of God since Moses penned it some 4 thousand years before Christ died, they memorized it, hid it their heart but were not in christ, for the entrance into christ hadn’t been provided for yet. Meaning Christ hadn’t come to his Death, Burial, and Resurrection, it had not occurred yet, nor the Spirit been given and all this kept secret from the foundation of world until it was revealed by the apostle Paul. “Titus 1:2, In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;‘ “2Timothy 1:9, Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.” The salvation Mary, Martha, and Lazarus was looking for was based on their works, the law of Moses as for those of us living in this day and age 2 Timothy 2:8-10 points out our salvation is not according to our works but by Grace through Faith!

POINT FOUR: LIGHT AND DARKNESS

Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world. But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him.

Now this is a bizzard topic to say the least! We understand from Genesis 1, how the creation was accomplished in 6 days. There was already darkness present and Therefore, Genesis 1:1-5, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and DARKNESS was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.” Now we have Light and Darkness, and Day and Night

Jesus in the following three verses makes some profound statements! As long as Jesus is present he is the light of the world, as long as a person was following him he/she would not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. Therefore, because Jesus was present and was followed by believers of who he was, they were also considered by Jesus as “Lights of the World” and tells them so in Matt. 5:14, Ye are the light of the world. . . Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

John 9:5, As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.

John 8:12, Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

Matt. 5:14-16, Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

In the “Dispensation of the Law”, people who lived following the Law and the Prophets were following the Word! Jesus is the Word!!! Therefore, is it safe to say as long as they were following the Law of Moses and the Prophets they were not walking in darkness, but had the light of life? One would think that Psalms 119:11, 105, would be very important in order to stay in the light and not in darkness. Memorizing it to keep from sinning and using it as a lamp to light your path to keep from stumbling in the night or darkness, was how the nation of Israel were to live! The difference for us who are saved by Grace through Faith we are free, our salvation is not conditioned on what we do, Ephesians 2:8-10. However, our works are important to us, verse 10, For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. 2 Corinthians 5:17-21, We are new creatures in Christ and because we are in Christ we have the light of life in us! The Holy Spirit guides us through his teaching of the word God gave to us! Our works are to be reviewed at the Judgement Seat of Christ for our reward in heaven! Therefore, Light and Darkness, is an important topic to consider in relation to the effect the Word of God has on people back then and now. Also, it is why we should keep 2 Timothy 2:15, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth .”

PART FIVE: THE RESURRECTION

John 11:20-28, “Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house. Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee. Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world. And when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come, and calleth for thee.”

In this section we will begin to see the truth of “Dispensational Truth” (See Blog by that Title). Martha in her grief approaches Christ saying , Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee. Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

Notice the theology of Martha’s day. She believed Lazarus would rise again in the resurrection at the last day. The last day before Jesus would return as King of Kings. Martha believed Jesus was the Son of God Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world. However, Jesus asked her some very important questions which she failed to acknowledge about a resurrection for people who were alive who believes in him will never die, whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? She didn’t answer that question! However, she could have had she remembered the story of Enoch, who walked with God because God took him.

Now there is an Old Testament Story of a righteous man before God, who lived before the Flood, a terrible wrath Judgement of God and was raptured. Sounds like a Pre-Judgement (TRIBULATION) situation if I ever heard one!!! whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Does that fit anyone you know today, members of the Body of Christ, which Enoch is a type of?

POINT SIX: Resurrection in the Old Testament

Daniel 12:1-3, “And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.”there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. This Trouble is known as Jacob’s Trouble or the Tribulation, and Daniel’s 70th Week. This passage above is a judgement on Israel and once it’s over a resurrection will take place with two outcomes. And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

Now this is what Martha was talking about the Resurrection in the Last Day. Now to get this thing right it must be noted that Martha knows nothing about the Church Age, or of salvation by Grace through Faith. She knows nothing of the Rapture of the Church or the judgement Seat of Christ. Everything in or about the Church Age was kept secret from the foundation/creation until Paul came along, Titus 1:2, In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began; However, resurrection of the Last Day of two groups of people come, (Daniel 12:1-3). not at the same time but come a thousand years apart from one another, as told in the book of Revelation, Chapters 11 and 20! See blog on THE RESURRECTION OF THE SAINTS: REV. 20:4-6!

A CONTRAST BETWEEN THEN AND NOW

Galatians 3:11-12, But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.

Revelation 11:12 reveals the rapture of the Tribulation Saints through the story of the two witnesses, while Dan. 12 and Rev. 20, confirm it! After the creation of the New Heavens and New Earth, an event takes place , known in theological circles as, The Great While Throne of Judgement, where reward is given to all groups of saints, Rev. 20:18, “And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.” Now notice the three groups of those being rewarded thy servants the prophets, (Old Testament Saints) and to the saints, (Church Age Saints), and them that fear thy name, small and great (Tribulation Saints);

Therefore, Israel’s salvation is not completed until Christ returns to establish the Millennial Kingdom, after the Tribulation Rapture, (June 8, 2025), (and after the Rapture of the Church, (Feast of Pentecost), June 5, 2022), The return of the Lord Jesus Christ will be October 7, 2028, (The Feast of Tabernacles), to begin His Millennial Kingdom! Read the blog on the Feasts of the Lord and read Leviticus 23.

PART SEVEN: GROANING IN THE SPIRIT

JOHN 11:33 he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled, JOHN 11:38 Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave

These two definitions of the greek words for groan and trouble make this an interesting encounter with Jesus revealing his righteous indignation with Mary and Martha. Dictionary Definition g1690. ἐμβριμάομαι embrimaomai; from 1722 and βριμάομαι brimaomai (to snort with anger); to have indignation on, i.e. (transitively) to blame, (intransitively) to sigh with chagrin, (specially) to sternly enjoin: — straitly charge, groan, murmur against.
AV (5) – straitly charge 2, groan 2, murmur against 1;
to charge with earnest admonition, sternly to charge, threatened to enjoin. Dictionary Definition g5015. ταράσσω tarassō; of uncertain affinity; to stir or agitate (roil water): — trouble.
AV (17) – trouble 17;
to agitate, trouble (a thing, by the movement of its parts to and fro) to cause one inward commotion, take away his calmness of mind, disturb his equanimity to disquiet, make restless to stir up to trouble to strike one’s spirit with fear and dread
to render anxious or distressed to perplex the mind of one by suggesting scruples or doubts

Frustrated with all them for their unbelief, Mary, Martha, and the other Jews there, when he is trying to show them the Glory of God. Hearing twice, “Lord, if thou hadst been here, and Could not this man. . .” Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God? Then Jesus spoke to his Father for the listening Jews benefit. Then he called for Lazarus to come forth and he did, The result was,

SUMMARY

Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him. But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them what things Jesus had done

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