John 11:35-42 NLT
Then Jesus wept. 36 The people who were standing nearby said, “See how much he loved him.” 37 But some said, “This man healed a blind man. Why couldn’t he keep Lazarus from dying?” 38 And again Jesus was deeply troubled. Then they came to the grave. It was a cave with a stone rolled across its entrance. 39 “Roll the stone aside,” Jesus told them. But Martha, the dead man’s sister, said, “Lord, by now the smell will be terrible because he has been dead for four days.” 40 Jesus responded, “Didn’t I tell you that you will see God’s glory if you believe?” 41 So they rolled the stone aside. Then Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, thank you for hearing me. 42 You always hear me, but I said it out loud for the sake of all these people standing here, so they will believe you sent me.”
Pastor, A Community of Grace
Father, please grant us today a greater experience of Your love.
I included the early verses in today’s passage to remind you of the context. Lazarus has died. Jesus has come to town and talked with Martha and Mary (Lazarus’ sisters). He weeps. We then hear part of His conversation with The Heavenly Father. Not all of that UP conversation is recorded, but we are told Jesus said: “Father, thank you for hearing me. You always hear me . . .” How wonderful to know you have a Father who always hears you! No earthly father could accomplish this, but our heavenly Father always hears you!
You may inwardly respond with some thought like, “But this passage is about Jesus, not me. His relationship with The Father is special!” It is, but if you are ‘in Christ,’ you are now part of their intimate fellowship (I John 1:3). Open your heart to another prayer of Jesus: “I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.” (John 17:23)
Allow the Spirit to open your heart to that last statement in particular: “and have loved them as You have loved Me.” We would not dare make such a claim, but Jesus does! Part of why He came was so that in our UP we could experience the love of the Father just as Jesus does! Dearly loved children are always heard by The Father.
Father, thank You for Your love. T hank You for hearing me. Please remind me throughout the day today that, as Your dearly loved child, You always hear me. Thank You.
Dialog discuss: Moses lived his life in three phases. He spent his first 40 years thinking he was somebody, his second 40 years finding out he was a nobody, and his third 40 years discovering what God could do with a nobody! Dwight L. Moody