Loved By Jesus
Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Monday, 03 April 2017
1 Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.) 3 Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick. 4 When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby. 5 Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.
27 For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have loved me, and have believed that I came out from God.
ot in vain did Mary and Martha send the news of their brother’s deadly sickness to Jesus. Certainly, no one seeks His face in vain.
The response of Jesus upon hearing the news of Lazarus’ deadly sickness is unusual and marvellous. He said, “this sickness is not unto death.” But as we know, Lazarus did die. So what did He mean? Was He mistaken about the future? Certainly Jesus was not mistaken about what would happen. In all probability, Lazarus died the same day when the news about his sickness was brought to Jesus. The statement of our Lord took all of this into account but indicated that physical death was not to be the final scene of the episode.
Verse 5 records the Lord’s feeling toward the suffering family — “Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.” There is no greater comfort than knowing that Jesus loves us, when we are greatly afflicted and are dying. Lazarus’ sickness and the eventual sadness in the family were not to be construed as a sign of their Lord’s rejection or betrayal. In fact, in all these physical infirmities, the Lord’s love for them was abundant. Christ’s love increases all through our sorrow, pain and death.
In our afflictions and death, we must not only remember that the Lord loves us, we must also affirm our love for Him. By remembering the Lord and sending the message to Him, Mary and Martha expressed their love for and trust in Him. Even our sickness is an opportunity to glorify His love for us and at the same time to renew our love for Him. We love Him for He first loved us. “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?…Nay in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom 8:35–39).
Christ loves us now and forever.
Thank You for loving me, even when none could help me.