Saturday, July 25, 2009

Gospel in Miniature


Many people know that the shortest verse in the Bible is "Jesus wept" (John 11:35). The Lord has come late on the scene and his friend Lazarus has died. The sisters are grief-stricken and perplexed that Jesus delayed. The family and friends are watching and weeping. The mortal inevitability of death is before them all. The sense of potential curtailed, opportunity lost, fellowship torn. Jesus walks in their midst and feels this weight of sin's making and weeps. This is not a God untouched by our fears or pain.

But recognize that there is another short verse found at First Thessalonians 5:16..."Rejoice evermore." What an exchange! His pain for our eternal bliss. His identification with our sin for our full and complete discharge. Truly this is shouting music! Let the two verses of scripture be your song of victory.

Jesus wept. Rejoice evermore.
Jesus wept. Rejoice evermore.
Jesus wept. Rejoice evermore.
Jesus wept. Rejoice evermore.

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