Friday, March 19, 2010

Jesus Grieved at Death Too

I've always found it interesting that Jesus, who was about to raise Lazarus from the dead, still wept at his death (John 11:33-38) and at the sight of his grieving sisters. The King of Kings who is the resurrection and the life wept at death.

Death is not natural. This goes against everything we see around us, but it really isn't natural. We were made to be in eternal relationship with God and each other. When sin entered into the world we lost one of our fundamental purposes. This is why something so "natural" as death hurts so badly.

When Jesus came to conquer death, he wasn't just providing us a way to live eternally. He was providing the reconciliation that allows us to live in a completely satisfying, completely glorious relationship with God primarily and with each other secondarily. This is the Joy that we have to look forward to. Not just life eternal, but life eternal in Glorious Relationship.

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