Oh, How He Loves You and Me! (John 11:36)
John 11:33-36, “When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled. 34 And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see. 35 Jesus wept. 36 Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him!”
Oh, how He loves you and me, Oh how He loves you and me. He gave His life, what more could He give? Oh, how He loves you; Oh, how He loves me; Oh, how He loves you and me. Jesus to Calvary did go, His love for sinners to show. What He did there brought hope from despair. Oh, how He loves you; Oh, how He loves me; Oh, how He loves you and me.
It is said that one of the most distinguished statesmen of the times of the American Revolution was once a hopeless drunkard. He had been engaged to a beautiful girl, but his debauchery had compelled her to break the engagement and sever herself from his influence, which was dragging her down. She had not ceased to love him, or to pray for him. One day she was passing along a road. She saw him lying intoxicated by the sidewalk, his face exposed to the blistering sun, and swollen with drink and exposure. Her tender heart was moved, and, as she passed by, she took her handkerchief and gently spread it over his face. An few hours later he awoke and saw the handkerchief and her name stiched on the corner of it. He arose to his feet, and a cheerful thrill of hope and courage came to his heart. "She loves me still," he said, "all is not yet lost. For her sake I will redeem my life." And he did... Oh how much more power there is in the love of Christ to save lost men from despair, if they can only believe that He loves them! He left us the Bible, His love letter to us. Jesus groaned in His spirit and was troubled when He saw them weeping. This word groaned indicates a very strong display of emotion of being upset. This word troubled means "stirred, agitated, or disturbed like a pool of water." Jesus wept. This is the shortest verse in the Bible; however, it is powerful.
Notice: Jesus does cry?
1. Tears of Sorrow (Luke 19:41)
2. Tears of Suffering over Jerusalem.
3. Tears of Sympathy (John 11:33).
These verses teach five lessons about the Lord.
1. God notices our tears (Job 34:28; Psalm 34:15).
2. Jesus was a man who understood sorrow and grief (Isaiah 53:3).
3. Jesus was not ashamed to cry (Luke 19:41; John 11:35).
4. Jesus is praying for us (Hebrews 7:25; 8:26-27, 34).
5. God is very concerned about our troubles (Psalm 91:15; I Peter 5:7).
1. Jesus Loves You Eternally.
There never was a time when He did not love you. His love for His own is without beginning and without end. It is eternal.
2. Jesus Loves You Perseveringly.
Though we sinned in Adam, were born in sin and lived in sin by deliberate choice, His love for us was never broken. Though we sin still, after experiencing His grace, His love does not cease or grow cold. His love is patient, longsuffering, lasting and enduring. God will never cease to love those whom He has always loved. His love is immutable.
3. Jesus Loves You Sacrificially.
‘Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us.’ I know that God is good and kind to all men. His compassion reaches to all people. He will not stand idly by and allow one soul whom He loves to perish, when He has the power to save that soul! He so loved us that He voluntarily laid down His life in our place! So mighty is His love that, when He knew the price of our souls was His own precious blood, He willingly poured out His life’s blood to redeem us!
4. Jesus Loves You Satisfyingly.
His love will be satisfied. He will never lose the object of His love. He will give us all that we can need or desire for all of eternity. He will withhold no good thing from His own. In that great day which is yet to come, God’s creation will stand back in awe and wonder and say, concerning His redeemed people, ‘Behold how he loved them!'
Jesus suffered to pay for the sins of mankind. I John 4:10, “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” It wasn’t enough for Him to die. Jesus had to pay a debt. The payment was necessary. Jesus suffered to satisfy the demands of God’s wrath. As much as God loves you, He hates your sin with a holy, burning hatred that we cannot comprehend. The only way that He could embrace you was to get someone else—someone perfect, to pay for it. Romans 5:1, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ…” Jesus suffered to purchase the opportunity for our sins to be forgiven. No longer do we have to carry our sin around. We can be forgiven. God laid all of our sinfulness upon Jesus as He willingly suffered and died upon the cross. The debt was paid, opening the door to our forgiveness. Jesus suffered to provide the way to eternal life. To get a gift, you must receive it (Romans 6:23). Have you? Do you know that Jesus is the gift of eternal life? His suffering has made that gift possible.
PRAYER: Lord, thank You for loving me unconditionally with a supernatural love. May my love for You be shown in my love for those You have given me. In Jesus name, AMEN!
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