This is the account of the death of Lazarus recorded in the Gospel of John. John 11 verse 5 is the shortest verse in all the Bible, yet it is a powerful description of the depth of God’s love. Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. It was because of His love for his friend Lazarus that he wept when He was led to the place where Lazarus was buried. Jesus experienced the same sadness and sorrow in his heart we feel when we lose a loved one. He felt sadness and sorrow even though He had the power to bring Lazarus back from the dead, and even though He knew ahead of time that he was going to do so. Still, Jesus wept. I believe this gives us insight into how deep the love of Jesus Christ really is. Jesus wept even though He knew all along that He was going to bring him back.
Not only does this tell us how deep God’s love is for us, it also tells us something else. It tells us how highly God treasures human life. Even though the death of Lazarus would only be temporary, his life was so important to God that Jesus wept.
The love that God has for our lives extends beyond this world. In the Gospel of Luke, chapter 12 verses 6 and 7, the word of God tells us how important we are to Him:
Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
Every life matters to God, so much so that He does not want anyone to be lost to the eternal death that awaits those who reject His son. So great is His love, He gave us a way out of death through our savior, Jesus Christ. Through the experience of Lazarus, we are assured that Jesus does indeed have the final say over death. Praise be to God!