At the Grave

John 11:37  •  1 min. read  •  grade level: 7
Why did the Lord groan the second time at the grave of Lazarus? The people had first said, "Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died?" John 11:3737And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died? (John 11:37). Then He groaned again. This groan reminds me of Jacob's deep sympathy with Joseph in Gen. 48:1919And his father refused, and said, I know it, my son, I know it: he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great: but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations. (Genesis 48:19). He felt for Joseph's grief in having Ephraim preferred, but God's purpose demanded it, and Jacob must go on with it.
We see saints in sorrow, and we cannot but feel for them, though we know that the sorrow must take its course, because God has a purpose in it, and an issue in blessing at the end of it. So Jesus here; He could surely as easily have hindered death as have given life, but there was a great display of glory to be
made at the grave of Lazarus, and great blessing to be brought to the family of Lazarus through that death; and therefore all must go on, though Jesus will groan at the sight of the rough road over which the purpose of God is carrying the saints.