Compassionate God

I was reading today about Lazarus and the Resurrection in John 11 and something caught my eye. Two versions this time:

New King James:
32 Then, when Mary came where Jesus was, and saw Him, she fell down at His feet, saying to Him, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.” 33 Therefore, when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled. 34 And He said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to Him, “Lord, come and see.” 35 Jesus wept. 36 Then the Jews said, “See how He loved him!”

32When Mary came to the place where Jesus was and saw Him, she dropped down at His feet, saying to Him, Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.
33When Jesus saw her sobbing, and the Jews who came with her [also] sobbing, He was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. [He chafed in spirit and sighed and was disturbed.]
34And He said, Where have you laid him? They said to Him, Lord, come and see.
35Jesus wept.
36The Jews said, See how [tenderly] He loved him!

Mary comes out to see Jesus and I think she is somewhat angered with Him. “If you had been here” seems somewhat accusatory to me. From the emotional side it is understandable. Her brother died 4 days ago and her emotions are running rampant. She and Martha had sent for Jesus earlier but he had not arrived in time to heal Lazarus.

I know God can heal anything and anyone even from death, but this time a new part stuck out. Jesus was moved in the spirit, groaned in the spirit, chafed in the spirit and sighed.

Moved: to stir the emotions, feelings, or passions of; to effect in such a way as to lead to an indicated show of emotion

Groaned: to utter a deep moan indicative of pain, grief, or annoyance

Chafed: to feel irritation, discontent, or impatience

Jesus sees Mary grieving for her brother and he responds to that. Her pain and sadness stir Him in such away that he displays it physically. The Jews / Pharisees that were there thought it was a display for Lazarus, but Jesus knew He was getting ready to raise him from the dead, so why show grief for that. He was showing it because His child, Mary was suffering and He felt it too.

How comforting is it to know that your Heavenly Father is moved when you feel pain and are suffering. He does not delight in this, it actually troubles Him. He wants to be there and help you through what ever difficulty you are facing.

I love it when God gives me a little insight into His nature.

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