by Stephanie Olson, Co-founder Set Me Free Ministries
Another tragic death in the news this week. For those of you who were teens (or around there) in the 80s, you are no doubt familiar with the two Coreys. In the 80s, Corey Haim and Corey Feldman were two young movie stars who later became symbols of the decade. A fast lifestyle that included a lot of drugs was not atypical for either of them. This past week, at the age of 38, Corey Haim was found dead in his Los Angeles apartment from what looks like may have been a drug overdose. How sad.
It seems that when we hear tragic news like this we might feel a tinge of sadness, but does it really move us? Do we think much about it other than writing it off as “another Hollywood casualty”? My question would be: What does God think about this?
John 11:28-44 tells the account of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. Jesus’ dear friends Mary and Martha had just lost their brother Lazarus. They had called for Jesus to come, but by the time He arrived, Lazarus was already dead. Mary was beside herself with grief and fell down at the Lord’s feet and said, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died." The scripture goes on to say, "Therefore, when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled.”
And then the scriptures continue onto the shortest scripture in the Bible: “Jesus wept.” Jesus cried! This scripture always confused me, because when we read on, we learn that Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead. We also learn that Jesus purposely delayed arriving to Lazarus’ side to truly show the Glory of God in this situation. He knew He was going to raise Lazarus from the dead, so why the grief?
Jesus wasn’t crying because Lazarus died, because He knew He was going to see him alive and well in just a few minutes. Instead, Jesus was moved with tremendous grief because He saw the pain and grief His friends were consumed with. It was not supposed to be this way. This was not God’s plan! The death, pain, sin, and destruction of this world is not of God. Jesus was grieved because we have to experience all of this pain as a result of the sin in this world. We have an enemy, and that enemy is not God.
When we are grieving, Jesus cries with us! Psalm 56:8 says of God, “You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.” He collects our tears in a bottle. God loves us so much. When we cry, He cries. When we’re in pain, He’s in pain.
If you are grieving, take that pain to Him. He wants to comfort you. He wants to cry with you. Jesus loves you more than you can imagine. Let Him bring you peace in this world that is without peace. Jesus says, “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).