Jesus wept. —John 11:35

How often we weep and feel sorrow because of death. Loved ones, friends and people we do not even know die and death brings grief. Pets die and we feel their loss and sorrow. Even when autumn comes and the leaves fall to the grown we sense loss as another season is gone forever.

Death is all around us. It is estimated that about 150,000 people die every single day, about 6,000 per hour, about 105 per minute, about 2 every second or about 53 million each year or about 4.5 million each month. Each one of those numbers are people. People that God has created and loves. One day you and I will be included in that number. So it is with every generation except the generation that will be alive when Jesus comes back!

The death of Lazarus caused Jesus to weep. Death impacts our Lord God Almighty. We are told by Him that “’As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live” (Ezekiel 33:11). Truly, death is not a pleasurable experience. “You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book” (Psalm 56:8). God’s knows the sorrow we have experience because of death and other hardships in life. How much grief has death brought to God?

“For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; ‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’ ‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.'” —Revelation 7:17

“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” —Revelation 21:4

Yes, one day our mourning for the dead will end when “Death has been swallowed up in victory” (I Corinthians 15:54) and never to cause grief again. Yes, we have victory in Jesus! Even so come Lord Jesus!

Dear Father I thank You for the life that is now, but also the life that is to come when death will be vanquished and sorrow will be no more. Yes, I so look forward to that time. But may I live now in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. So be it!

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