Saturday, May 28, 2016

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2016 May 28

Jesus wept. (John 11:35)

Today’s Morsel:  One of the things about compassion and sympathy is that it will tug at your heart string.   There have been times that I’ve watched movies, attended funerals, or seen accidents and I found myself crying even though I didn’t even know the people involved​.  Scripture says that when Jesus came to Mary and Martha, after being told that Lazarus his friend was dead and buried, Jesus wept.  Jesus did not weep because Lazarus was dead, because He already knew what He was going to do the same as He knew what He was going to do with the two fish and five loaves of bread to feed the multitude.   He knew that He was going to raise Lazarus from the dead so that His disciple​s​ might believe.   So why did Jesus weep?  I believe that it was because of their unbelief.  They believed that Jesus could do things if ​a person was alive, but ​they thought ​if ​a person was dead there was nothing that could be done.  But Jesus proved them wrong.  The Bible says that Jesus was full of compassion (Psalms 78:38).   And even being God manifest in flesh (1 Timothy 3:16), ​He was also found in fashion as a man (Philippians​ 2:8).  And so it was not uncommon for Him to weep as we weep.

Sing:  Who is this who for our sorrows offers comfort and relief, bringing​
 sunshine to the dark and shadowed life? Saying softly, “ ​C​ease repining, lift thou soul above its grief, let the peace pas​s understanding still the strife.”
 It is Jesus! Jesus! Sad one, weep no more! He will heal the brokenhearted, open wide the prison door, He is able to deliver evermore.

Thought​ For Today:  ​It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23).

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