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Jesus Wept – an excerpt from Don’t Go Through Life Naked…
In Oklahoma City, there is a magnificent statue of Jesus weeping. It bears the inscription, “And Jesus Wept.” Perhaps you have seen it, near Saint Joseph Catholic Church. His head is bowed, and His hands cover His face. His back is turned to pillars placed row upon row. Why? These pillars, some think, serve as a memorial to the lives tragically lost in the Oklahoma City bombing. One small pillar for each child lost that fateful day.
Have you ever wondered why Jesus wept as He stood in front of the tomb of Lazarus? As I read the shortest verse in the Bible, “Jesus wept” (John 11:35), I often think, “Jesus, You are about to bring Lazarus back to life. You know that, so why are You weeping?”
Jesus wept because His friend died. We all must die, yet that was not so when God created Adam and Eve. They communed with their Lord God in the garden, naked and unashamed, which was God’s original design and His best plan for us. His perfect plan was for life, not for sin and death. So, yes, Jesus wept, for now we know both good and evil, first hand and face-to-face. And, someday, we will all know death.
There is a culprit who is the definition of unfathomable evil. We know he is here for a season to rule and reign as the Prince of the Air. He is a liar, a thief, and a murderer. Yet, he will tell you he is good and he is god. Or, he may say that there is no god and he has your best interests at heart. Liar.
The enemy introduced doubt in the Garden when he asked Eve the question, “Did God really . . . ?” He told her, You won’t die, but you will be like God, knowing both good and evil. And the woman was convinced as the serpent deceived her, and her eyes were opened.
We now know death because Eve was deceived and sinned when the serpent spat out a question, depositing doubt and deception into Eve’s heart. He is the despicable devil. No doubt, he did fail, and he did fall.
God is not Lord to the serpent, yet the Lord God’s plan for redemption for humans will prevail.
I thank God that He who is in me is greater than he who is in the world. It’s a Truth I must arm myself with each day. Before I set out for work or any other task, I must remember that God has a good plan for me. I must also ask for wisdom to recognize and reject any of Satan’s schemes, for as 1 Peter 5:8 tells us, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (NKJV).
- Consider the words, “Jesus wept.” Reflect on what that means to you.
- Recall the verse, “He who is in me is greater than he who is in the world.” What does that mean to you personally?
I pray you enjoyed this brief chapter from Don’t Go Through Life Naked: How to Clothe Yourself in God’s Power – here’s the overview and premise of this book.
Thank you, each one of you, who purchased it. If you have not gotten your copy, would you consider getting it now – or sending it as a gift to a friend who is an avid reader? I simply say thank you…
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