He Wept in Bethany.
They were family, as close as could be, and a brother was dead. If He had only been there Lazarus would not have died and His family would not have been grieving. “Jesus wept.” (John 11:35) I wept in Jerusalem.
Oh, there were not tears that others could see. Deeper than that, they flowed in my soul. I saw a man beating his sins to the floor with a palm branch used in prayer. A sinner who believed that God is Holy. He was trying to get rid of his sins. I wept over his futile act that would never give him peace.
We can’t go back and change a thing. There is no good deed that we can do to change what has been done. Only Jesus can. Lazarus was dead.
The tomb in Bethany.
The dead know nothing until they are called to awake. They do not know joy and peace, nor the comfort of love. Jesus called Lazarus from the dead to live with his family. The Father is now calling those dead in their sins to come to His Son and live with His family. Their sins have been covered by Christ’s blood. They are remembered no more.
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person and they with Me.” (Revelation 3:20)