Jesus Wept

Text: John 11:35

Jesus Displayed Emotion

  • We have emotions because we were made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27)
  • We must control our emotions (1 Peter 5:8)
  • Emotions are a response to conditions — they are not a goal (emotionalism)

God Allows Human Suffering

  • Jesus had the power to heal Lazarus & end his suffering — but He allowed him to suffer & die
  • Human suffering exists as a consequence for sin (Genesis 3:22-24) — but it is not the punishment for sin (Ezekiel 18:2-4)
  • God allowing human suffering is not for the following reasons — He is uncaring (1 Peter 5:7), uninterested (Philippians 4:6), unable to respond (Luke 1:37), He is punishing us for sin (John 9:1-3)

Jesus Proved Himself to be “The Resurrection and the Life” (v. 25)

  • Jesus told Martha that Lazarus would rise again by the power of Christ (v. 23-26)
  • Jesus needed to convince those who witnessed the event (v. 38-44)
  • He also needed to prove Himself to those who would hear of this event later (v. 46)

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