When Lazarus died, Scripture tells us that, Jesus wept. Even though Jesus knew he was going to raise Lazarus from the dead. He was overcome with compassion for the family. He knew and felt the unbearable loss of their brother and friend. During the pandemic, most of us have lost a friend or family member. We also have experienced the overwhelming loss of death. My sister passed in December 2020 during the Covid restrictions. We were unable to see her in the hospital before she died. I didn’t realize until recently, that I was carrying guilt and anger that my sister was not surrounded by loved ones when she died. Then I remembered her last text, God Is With Me! Who better to be with you when you pass from this world than your Heavenly Father, God.
When Jesus died on the cross for our sins He didn’t leave us alone. He said, I have to go so the comforter can come to lead, guide, teach, convict, encourage, and comfort us. The Holy Spirit gives us hope that we will see our brothers & sisters in Christ again.
“For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the believers who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. So encourage each other with these words.”
1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 NLT