December 19, 2017

John 11:35 (ESV) — 35 Jesus wept.

Okay so why did Jesus cry tears at Lazarus’ grave? Yesterday I said that it could be just because he lost a friend and Mary and Martha lost a brother. Reading the couple of verses before our memory verse put another thought into my head. Here are the verses:

John 11:30–32 (NLT) — 30 Jesus had stayed outside the village, at the place where Martha met him. 31 When the people who were at the house consoling Mary saw her leave so hastily, they assumed she was going to Lazarus’s grave to weep. So they followed her there. 32 When Mary arrived and saw Jesus, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died.”

Mary, instead of saying, “Oh Jesus I am so glad you are here now you can bring Lazarus back to us.” She says, “If you had been here Lazarus wouldn’t have died.” Mary had repeated the same words that Martha had said to Jesus. They were not encouraging words. They were not uplifting words. They were not words of hope and they were not words of faith. They were complaining words. And if you look at the crowd that was with them you would know why they were complaining. And Jesus wept.

We tend to act and talk like what and who we have been hanging out with. If we hang with negative people and do negative things we will become negative. If we hang out with people who specialize in grumbling and complaining we will tend to grumble and complain. If we develop close relationships with people that have no hope and no faith in Jesus, well guess what? We need to witness to these people but we can’t let their negativity and hopelessness rub off on us.

1 Corinthians 15:33 (NLT) — 33 … for “bad company corrupts good character.”

Proverbs 13:20 (NLT) — 20 Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble.

Proverbs 20:19 (NLT) — 19 A gossip goes around telling secrets, so don’t hang around with chatterers.

Proverbs 22:24–25 (NLT) — 24 Don’t befriend angry people or associate with hot-tempered people, 25 or you will learn to be like them and endanger your soul.

Proverbs 28:7 (NLT) — 7 Young people who obey the law are wise; those with wild friends bring shame to their parents.

When we don’t choose our friends wisely, when we don’t have regular fellowship with godly people and when we don’t spend time with Jesus in his word; I believe it causes Jesus to weep because he knows that we have put ourselves at risk.

Be Inspired Hilltop!