Why did Jesus groan in His spirit and weep in John chapter 11 when He came to where His dead friend Lazarus was? The people thought it was from sorrow of losing His friend, but Jesus knew before Lazarus had died that He would go to raise him from the dead. When Martha questioned Jesus’ command to remove the stone from the cave where Lazarus was, Jesus replied, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?" There was no question in the mind of Christ that He would raise him from the dead. The Scripture says that Jesus “groaned in His spirit and was troubled” when He saw Mary and the Jews weeping for Lazarus. Jesus is touched with the sorrow and the pain of those He loves even if that sorrow comes from the weakness and immaturity of their faith. I’m sure the heart of Jesus Christ still groans and is troubled today when He sees His people experience pain and lose; especially when that pain and lose could be avoided by trusting Him.
Read through the Bible with us in 2012! The reading plan can be downloaded below; we are reading in chronological order. Check back often to read the blog posts on the Bible readings and discuss things in the "comments" section.
2012 Bible Plan