Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.
This statement of Jesus’ love was made after Lazarus died. Jesus loved Martha, Mary and Lazarus so much that He planned a beautiful demonstration of His love – the resurrection of Lazarus.
It is possible that the difficult and sad times that come into our lives happen for the same reason – the demonstration of the love of God. When I read this verse, it helped me to see a little better that I can trust God. If Lazarus had not died, the wonderful gift of a resurrected brother could not have happened for Martha and Mary. We wouldn’t have had the little picture of resurrection and it beauty. What looks like a great sorrow for us may be the beginning of a great gift of love.
In Exodus, Moses asked to see God. God said that no one could see God in His full glory and live; instead He would permit Moses to see part of His glory. While God was passing by Moses, He said these words:
The Lord, the Lord God, compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth;
who keeps lovingkindness for thousands,
who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin
Of all the things that God could say about Himself He focused on love. A God with love this great can be trusted to give us the best, even in the times of sorrow.