What Jesus Did! 'Discounted Love' — John 11:36-37

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

The people who were standing nearby [saw Jesus weep and] said, "See how much he loved [Lazarus]!" But some said, "This man healed a blind man. Couldn't he have kept Lazarus from dying?"
— John 11:36-37 NLT

Key Thought

Satan has a way of trying to distort any good thing and corrupt it. We shouldn't be surprised that he would try to distort Jesus' genuine love for Lazarus by casting doubt on why he was so late in coming when he could have helped Lazarus: "He could heal folks, so why didn't he heal Lazarus? He could have stopped all this pain, so why didn't he?" The evil one also causes us to ask those questions about the Lord's intentions for us as well. Satan stirs our minds with uncertainties, trying to make us doubt the Lord's love for us. But we won't let Satan steal God's love for us in our moments of shock, sorrow, and loss. We know the Lord is here and cares for us. He demonstrated that when he suffered and died for us. So while we may not have the answer to our "Why?" question, we don't let that keep us from the right answer to the "Who?" question. Jesus is our answer! Jesus is our hope! We know he is because he demonstrated his love for us and nothing can rob the nails of the cross from God's triumphant message to us when he tells us: "I have a never-ending love for you!"

Today's Prayer

Holy Father, please give me the wisdom to discern the false and deceptive voice of Satan as he seeks to work discouragement and doubt in me through the confusing and hurtful times of my life. Hold my heart with the love your Son showed me on the cross. In his name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 3:16-17
  • Romans 5:6-11
  • 1 John 4:9-10


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Illustration of John 11:36-37 NLT — The people who were standing nearby [saw Jesus weep and] said, "See how much he loved [Lazarus]!" But some said, "This man healed a blind man. Couldn't he have kept Lazarus from dying?"

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

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