Wednesday, June 13, 2018

John 11:33-36

How deeply do you love your friends, teammates and coaches?  How deeply are you touched by their personal moments of grief and pain?  Today we’ll see an example to follow in the life of Jesus.

In John’s Gospel at chapter 11 and verses 33 through 36 we read about when Jesus visited the grave of his friend Lazarus.  There it says, “Therefore when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled.  And He said, ‘Where have you laid him?’  They said to Him, ‘Lord, come and see.’  Jesus wept.  Then the Jews said, ‘See how He loved him!’”

Jesus obviously had a deep love for his friends and we see it plainly here as He shares in the grief of Lazarus’ death.  His friends, Mary and Martha, were terribly shaken and Jesus weeps with them.  Those who were observing saw Jesus’ love evidenced in His tears.

Our love and commitment to our teammates is often most evident when we share in their grief and sorrow as well as in the excitement of accomplishment.  We display our loyalty and trust of each other through the joy of victories and in the pain of losses.  The greatest team unity sometimes comes through illness or injury.

Let’s commit ourselves again to the team, to the coaching staff and to our collective goals.  Let’s give a great effort today and then let the world watch in amazement as they say, “See how they love each other!”

Bible Reading Plan:
Luke 4:31-37
Ephesians 6:10-24
I Kings 21-22