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Please Understand Me.

Rev. Osei Kwabena Nkrahene | June 10, 2024 | John 11:28-35


When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, He was deeply moved in His Spirit and greatly troubled. John 11:33 (ESV)



Two sisters have lost a brother and are grieving but they appear to do it differently and with different results. In verse 3, they both sent a message to Jesus about the sick brother. In verse 21&32, though separately, they both told Jesus that had He come earlier, their brother wouldn’t have died.


Then came the different ways. When it was told that Jesus was on His way, Martha went some distance to meet Him. Mary remained seated till Jesus specifically sent for her. We aren’t told why Jesus sent her a private message to see Him. 

Coming to Jesus, unlike Martha, she fell at His before “complaining”. We can take the falling at Jesus’ feet as an act of worship. Martha went to Jesus unaccompanied, and others went with Mary, although based on an uninformed reason.

Now, verse 33 clarifies that the weeping of Mary and others tremendously touched Him. Indeed in Verse 35, He Himself wept. 


In verse 34, the One who had stated in verse 25 that He’s the Resurrection and Life asked where Lazarus had been buried.


In my opinion, Mary’s encounter with Jesus was a game-changer.



We should know that in life, we generally respond to situations in different ways based on several factors – gender, age, experience, personality, etc. We should please know ourselves and understand others.


Lord help us to know ourselves, be ourselves and give space to others to be themselves. Amen





DAILY word study. TROUBLE The word Troubled in John 11:33 (ESV) is translated in the Greek text as ἐτάραξεν (etaraxen): This verb means to be troubled, agitated, or disturbed. It conveys a sense of inner turmoil, emotional disturbance, or unrest. In John 11:33, the term "ἐτάραξεν" (etaraxen) is used to describe Jesus' emotional state as He observes the grief of those around Him. This word shows the inner disturbance, reflecting both Jesus' empathy for the mourners and His own sorrow. This reaction highlights Jesus' humanity, showing that He deeply feels the pain and sorrow of those He loves. The use of "ἐτάραξεν" could also suggest a deeper layer of meaning. Jesus' disturbance may reflect His indignation at the reality of death and its devastating impact on humanity. His reaction is not merely emotional but also a response to the broader consequences of sin and death in the world. His troubled spirit in this moment is a powerful testament to His compassion and His intimate involvement in human suffering. Reflections:

Reflect on Jesus' deep compassion and empathy. How does His emotional response to sorrow and death influence your understanding of His character and His relationship with humanity?

𝔹𝔸ℙ𝕋𝕀𝕊𝕋 Daily Devotional | AUDIO VERSION | JUNE 10, 2024

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