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09/29/2015

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Jesus Has Sympathy


"For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin" (Heb.4:15).

Mary, Martha, and Lazarus lived in a small town named Bethany which was about two miles from Jerusalem. If you would like to read the whole story of this wonderful, touching, and miraculous happening in the life of Jesus, it can be found in Jn.11:1-43. While nearing Jericho, a messenger came to Jesus to tell him of Lazarus' illness. As Jesus was nearing Bethany, Mary and Martha met Him to share the bad news of their brother's death, and Jesus wept... There are cynics out there that may have said He wept because He was about to bring Lazarus back to a world of sorrow, but it just isn't the real story... I prefer to cling to the apostle Paul's explanation of how we are to feel about those we love. "Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn" (Rom.12:15). Jesus joined in their sorrow, as His heart was touched. We all ought to be touched by Jesus' show of sorrow and understand that it brings Him even closer to us. In His life, Jesus felt all the pain, sorrow, disappointment that we feel in our lives, just as He was tempted as we are. Jesus came away unscathed by the temptations, yet touched by the pain, sorrow and hardship of others. It lets us know that our God is real and that we can come boldly before His throne through His Son who felt everything that we do... Aren't we glad that Jesus wept?

Have a great day... Do good and give God the credit.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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