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DAILY MANNA THURSDAY 25 MARCH, 2021 was created by FemiClef
​​​ _It is advisable that you prayerfully and meditatively read the text first_  *DEMONSTRATE YOUR LOVE* *TEXT:* JOHN 11:33-40._*KEY VERSE* "Jesus wept" (JOHN 11:35)._  Some cultures, like the Greeks', have a picture of God that shows Him as emotionless, strict and with little or no milk of kindness, but a vengeful and unrepentant Judge. Others see God as being so full of love that would not dare to make anyone sad; even when they have gone astray. In reality, God is loving and severe in handing out judgment when the need arises. He is so good, He empathises with us when we are suffering. As Christ arrived in the home of Lazarus who had died four days earlier and saw his family, including Mary and Martha his sisters weeping for their dead brother, He could hardly bear seeing them so sorrowful. On sighting the cave where Lazarus was buried, He became overwhelmed and began to weep. Ignoring the snide comments of the Jews who blamed Him for not coming early enough to pray for and heal Lazarus, Jesus commanded that the stone covering the entrance to the cave be removed. He brushed off Martha's protest that the body would have decayed and been stinking. He told her: "Said I not unto thee, that, it thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?" As children of God who cares for us and followers of Jesus Christ who "hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows" (lsaiah 53:4), we should not consider open expression of emotions as a sign of spiritual immaturity, weakness or carnality. Our empathy - visitation, prayers, kind words, even tears - for those who are sorrowful brings comfort and lessens the worst effect of their pain. It also serves to lift their faith and encourage them not to give up hope for the Lord's intervention. *THOUGHT FOR THE DAY* "Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep."  *BIBLE IN ONE YEAR* DEUTERONOMY 13-16. *MEDITATION* Moved by our tears *1. The compassion of Jesus* a. Jesus Himself wept on sighting Mary weeping over the death of Lazarus, v33.b. The tears of Jesus was neither sentimental nor crocodile tears, v33.*Q* How do we know?c. He "was troubled" and disturbed in the heart, v33.d. "He groaned (or became) angry in the spirit" , v3.*Q* Why was He angry in the spirit? Obviously because of the effect of sin and helplessness of man against the works of Satan and death. No wonder, that was the same reason He came to die. Heaven is not comfortable when any of God's children is in sorrow or tears, Matthew 1:21, I Corinthians 15:54,55.e. Jesus was known to be a man of compassion who did not rejoice at the evil plight or divine judgement of any man. He lamented too for the judgement coming on Jerusalem, Matthew 23:37,38.f. He has not changed as our eternal High priest Who is easily "touched with the feeling of our infirmities", Hebrews 4:15.g. He was called a " man of sorrows" Who came to carry "our sorrows" and replace it with joy of the Lord so as to eventually take us to heaven where there will eternally be "no more sorrows, nor crying, neither shall be any more pain", Isaiah 53:3,4; Revelation 21:4.h. He does not only feel but act if our tears and sorrows are turned to supplications, vv34,39,40. *2. The concern of Jesus' followers* a. Followers of Jesus are expected to show empathy; "rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep", Romans 12:15. Faith is not opposed to emotions of sorrows but rather bring peace to troubled hearts.b. Empathy should be followed with consolation, encouragement and uplifting exhortation coupled with a loving call to repentance where appropriate, I Thessalonians 4:13,14. *Prayer points*Praise the Lord because He is still a compassionate SaviourAsk for a compassionate heart like JesusPray for divine consolation for those sorrowing in the ChurchPray that all tears and sorrows will receive definite divine solution at the retreat *HYMN* Does Jesus care? (GHS 196)

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