January 8, 2013

Risk to Resurrect

To have a deep relationship, it always takes risk. In verse 7 of John chapter 11 it says, “Then He said to his disciples, ‘Let us go back to Judea.’ ‘But Rabbi,’ they said, ‘a short while ago the Jews tried to stone You, and yet you are going back there?’” They said, we know You want to go back to minister to this family you love, but You are going into enemy territory. The last time You were there, they tried to kill You. Jesus said, that’s a risk worth taking because I love them, and there is no love without risk. You have to risk to resurrect a dying love.

But when you risk rejection, you need to memorize this next verse. John 11:35. “Jesus wept.” It’s the shortest verse in the Bible, but it’s so powerful to know that the God who put the stars in place, the God who set the earth in this perfect place to sustain life, the God who created it all, cries when our hearts are broken. You see, when He came, and He saw Mary and Martha and how they were grieving, everyone around mourning, and He thought about what death does, and the separation it brings, even though He knew He was going to bring Lazarus back to life, it broke His heart because their hearts were broken, and He cried. God cries, and it’s a big deal. When you are going through hurts, and you’re going through emotional pain, and you’re heart is being ripped out in a relationship, just know that God cries. His heart cries with you. That’s why the Bible says God hates divorce. It doesn’t say God hates divorced people, it’s just the opposite. He hates what divorce does in breaking people’s hearts and tearing apart families and hurting children. His heart cries with your heart. He cares about you. I’m so glad that little verse is in scripture. Jesus wept. God cries. He cries over my hurts, and He cares. But not only does He care, He has the power to do something about it.