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Jesus had a dear friend, Lazarus, who became very sick. He lived in Bethany, a village just outside of Jerusalem. Lazarus’ sisters, Mary and Martha, sent word out to Jesus that Lazarus was very sick, possibly sick enough to die.
When word went out that Lazarus had indeed died, Jesus led his disciples back to Bethany, knowing what he was about to do. Upon arrival, they found that Lazarus had already been buried in a tomb for four days. Jesus assured both sisters that Lazarus would enjoy the experience of resurrection from the dead. They thought he was referring to the great resurrection of the dead at the end of the world as we know it. HOWEVER, Jesus corrects their thinking by making the resurrection personal. He said:“I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” After making this personal claim of being the resurrection and the life, Jesus moves into action.
Jesus makes his way to the cave, where Lazarus had been buried and buried so long that his body was decomposing with a horrible smell of death, had the stone rolled away, and personally resurrected his friend, Lazarus, back to life! The man who had died came forth, bound hand and foot with wrappings, and his face was wrapped around with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.” (John 11)
Five things come up for me as we face the invisible wall of personal loss. First: God is always late. Count on it! His timing is not your timing.
Second: Jesus cares deeply about you and what you’re going through in the toughest times of your life. Count on this as a fact! He deeply cares.
Third: Jesus will interrupt your life in order to bring about the healing and help that you need. He doesn’t make appointments, but interrupts the process. Count on it! When you are interrupted in your day, look for Jesus to show up!
Fourth: Jesus will always surprise you. His ways are not your ways. Jesus does some of his best work in hospitals and cemeteries. The results will not always be what you want, but Jesus will cause ALL things to work together for good. He is committed to good endings, even in the midst of personal loss.
Fifth: Jesus only asks one thing-that you put your trust in him. He will come through on your behalf. Let him run the show now.
The most profound moments in my life have come during my times of personal loss and walking with others during those times. Believe me, this is when Jesus does his very best work to touch and mold your heart. Only Jesus is able to tear down the invisible wall of personal loss, so let him do his work, in his way, in his time, and leave the results in his hands.