August 9, 2018: SOAP #3171    Jeremiah 3-4; John 11 Scripture:  John (NIV) 11:1 Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet […]

August 9, 2018: SOAP #3171    Jeremiah 3-4; John 11

Scripture:  John (NIV) 11:1 Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair. 3 So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.” 4 When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God's glory so that God's Son may be glorified through it.” 5 Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.

Observation:   The sisters sent word to Jesus that his friend Lazarus was sick.   In their message, Lazarus is not mentioned by name, only as 'the one you love.'   They could have said, 'Lazarus loves you so much,' or 'Lazarus considers you his best friend.'   But they only said, 'the one YOU love.'   They counted on Jesus love for Lazarus to motivate Him to come quickly.

But Jesus love was greater than they thought.   Jesus loved Martha and Mary also!   They are even listed in verse 5 before Lazarus.   What happened to Lazarus was for their benefit too!

Application:   I may remind Jesus that he loves my son even more than I do.   I may tell him how much my dear friend loves Jesus.   I may give Jesus a report of how faithfully my parents have lived for God.   I may try to convince Jesus that He should answer my prayer for them; they are important to Him and He loves them.   But Jesus not only loves the people I bring to Him in prayer, He loves me too! (and He loves you, dear reader!)

Prayer:     Heavenly Father, sometimes when I pray for others and I think of how you love them, I do not remember that you love me too!    My heart overflows with love and gratitude.   Thank you for this reminder. Amen

Pastor Leon
Making friends for time and eternity!