The realism that heals

It is the shortest verse in the Bible: “Jesus wept” (John 11:35). In this gospel narrative, the original Christian healer was on his way to raise Lazarus from the tomb. Jesus certainly knew, as those who were grieving didn’t, that mortal and material conditions did not define his friend’s, or anyone’s, life and identity.

Yet, the Master wept—“Behold how he loved him!” onlookers said (John 11:36). His utter certainty of spiritual reality and God’s boundless, present goodness did not make him less feeling or compassionate in responding to sorrows on the human scene. On the contrary, his life and example defined a deeper and much more radically selfless kind of love: a love that heals, and that many have recognized as reflecting the nature of God.

God spoke to me
October 15, 2018

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