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Daily Reading: 19th January 2015

John 11. 31-33 cont.

31 Then those Jews who were with her in the house and comforting her, seeing that Mary got up quickly and went out, they followed her. They thought that she was going to the tomb that she might weep there.

32 Then, when Mary came to where Jesus was, seeing Him she fell at His feet, saying to Him: “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.”

33 When Jesus saw her weeping and the Jews who had come with her weeping, He was deeply moved and agitated within His spirit.

When we are going through difficult times we need someone to stand alongside us to encourage us and to share in our difficulties. Such a person can advise and counsel us, giving us words that will raise our thoughts above our situation; words that will direct the focus of our attention.

This is especially true during a time of mourning, when we need the comfort of friends and family.

As Jesus receives Mary He is greatly agitated within His spirit. He sympathized and empathized with both sisters, in a way that no one else could. Jesus was moved by her weeping, and those who were accompanying her. He was sharing in the grief of mourning.

Mary, Martha and the accompanying Jews would see nothing extraordinary in the arrival of Jesus; they would have seen His being there as His sharing in the sisters time of mourning, and being there to comfort them; and so He was.

Yet they were about to experience that His presence was to bring something beyond their expectations.

The writer to the Hebrews tells us: This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for He faced all of the same testings we do, yet He did not sin – Hebrews 4.15 (NLT). ‘This High Priest’ is Jesus, and He is with us in every circumstance of life. He is with us when we walk through the valley of the shadow of death. He is with us when we are on the highest of highs. He is with us, because He promised to be with us for all time.

He is with us to share in what we may be going through. He is with us to weep with us, to agonize with us, to laugh with us.

He is with us by the Holy Spirit to encourage us, to hold us close to Himself when we are being attacked. He is with us to refocus our minds and spirits on Him.

He is with us to save us and deliver us from ourselves and the attacks of satan or others.

Hallelujah! What a Saviour.

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