Jesus loves in ways we might not understand. He demonstrated love by not going to Lazarus when Jesus knew he was sick and would die. But why?
- and for your sake I am glad that I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” – John 11:15
- So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this on account of the people standing around, that they may believe that you sent me.” When he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out.” – John 11:41-43
- …that they might believe…
- When the large crowd of the Jews learned that Jesus was there, they came, not only on account of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests made plans to put Lazarus to death as well, because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus. – John 12:9-11
- …many were believing in Jesus
Jesus’s love had purpose.
Jesus’s love resulted in his intentions.
Jesus’s love was painful but temporary.
But Jesus’s love is also eternal.
How does this change how you encounter suffering and pain in your own life as a believer?
How does this change how you see suffering and pain in the lives of others around you?