The gospel of John, 11th chapter, tells the miracle of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. As I listened to the story this morning I was struck with the miracle of Jesus' great love for people...for individuals...for ones just like you and me. Several times in this chapter we are given insight into the emotions and feelings of love and compassion that Jesus has for us:
Verse 5 "Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus."
Verse 11"...Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I go to awaken him."
Verse 33 "When Jesus saw her (Mary) weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled."
Verses 35-36 "Jesus wept. So the Jews said, 'See how he loved him!'
Verse 39 Then Jesus, deeply moved again, came to the tomb."
I was reminded that Jesus sees us also, individually, and he loves us deeply and personally. He identifies with our pains and our losses. He feels our grief. He is motivated to bring us out into life and away from death. Just as he restored Lazarus to life, so he will restore each of us to eternal life if we believe and trust in him. He is our savior and he is the one who truly and deeply loves us.