Confident Faith - June 2018

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"When Jesus saw her [Mary] weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled." (John 11:33, NIV)

"Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance." (John 11:38, NIV)

Here are comments on these verses from Nancy Pearcey's latest book, "Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions About Life and Sexuality", page 38: (emphasis mine)

"Why did Jesus weep at the tomb of Lazarus even though he knew he was about to raise him from the dead? Because "the beautiful body was split apart." The text says twice that Jesus was "deeply moved in spirit and troubled" (John 11:33, 38). In the original Greek, this phrase actually means furious indignation. It was used, for example, of war horses rearing up just before charging into battle. Os Guinness, formerly at L’Abri, explains: Standing before the tomb of Lazarus, Jesus "is outraged. Why? Evil is not normal." The world was created good and beautiful. But now "he’d entered his Father’s world that had become ruined and broken. And his reaction? He was furious." Jesus wept at the pain and sorrow caused by the enemy invasion that had devastated his beautiful creation.

Christians are never admonished to accept death as a natural part of creation..."

Particularly with the recent student-perpetrated school shootings, we see universal concensus that these deaths were tragic and WRONG! We see rage directed at guns, lax procedures, loose laws, ... Jesus was enraged, too, but he saw the true culprit, sin, and set his face to the cross to become the final solution.

As conversations about these tragedies come up with co-workers, friends, and family, use the wrongness and anger they rightly feel as an entre to tell them that Jesus shared both their tears AND their anger. Only in Jesus will we find meaning, peace, and true comfort.

STUDY the Word. KNOW the Word. APPLY the Word. That's Confident Faith.

Harold

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