Empathy is Important

Sunday, August 15, 2021

27 “Yes, Master. All along I have believed that you are the Messiah, the Son of God who comes into the world.”

28 After saying this, she went to her sister Mary and whispered in her ear, “The Teacher is here and is asking for you.”

29-32 The moment she heard that she jumped up and ran out to him. Jesus had not yet entered the town but was still at the place where Martha had met him. When her sympathizing Jewish friends saw Mary run off, they followed her, thinking she was on her way to the tomb to weep there. Instead, Mary came to where Jesus was waiting and fell at his feet, saying, “Master, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died.”

33-34 When Jesus saw her sobbing and the Jews with her sobbing, a deep anger welled up within him. He said, “Where did you put him?”

34-35 “Master, come and see,” they said. Now Jesus wept.

-John 11:27-35 The Message.

Verse 27: She said to Him, “I know that he will rise again the resurrection on the last day.

Verse 28: When she had said this, she went away and called Mary, her sister, saying secretly, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.”

Verse 29: And when she heard it, she got up quickly and was coming to Him.

Verse 30: Now Jesus had not yet come into the village but was still in the place where Martha met him.

Verse 27 study: I talked about this yesterday, I believe. But in this verse, we all struggle with this, not having time to the Lord. We struggle to make time for him. But as compassionate as Martha was when she saw him, it really moved Jesus. Do you make time for Jesus during your day to pray and have time to let him speak to your heart?

Verse 31: Then the Jews who were with her in the house, and consoling her, when they saw that Mary got up quickly and went out, they followed her, supposing that she was going to the tomb to weep there.

Verse 32: Therefore, when Mary came where Jesus was, she saw Him and fell at His feet saying to Him, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.”

Verse 33: When Jesus, therefore, saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, He was deeply moved in spirit and was troubled.

Verse 34: And said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to Him, Lord, come and see.”

Verse 35: Jesus wept.

Verse 35 study: Even though there are only two words in this verse, it is to remember that Jesus wept. He wept with them, perhaps because he empathized with their grief. Sometimes, when you see others weep, your typical reaction is to cry with them because you truly understand and empathize with them in their hurt. But, unfortunately, most people don’t have those feelings. But Jesus does, and he shows that he cares enough for us to weep with us in our sorrows.

Father, thank you for the studies today. I pray for improvement in empathy. There are some that deal with grief differently, and it’s okay. But some don’t deal with it at all, have evil hearts. I pray that we can continue to empathize with others in their pain, sorrows, and hurt. In Jesus’ name. Amen!

Author: Darren Watts

My name is Darren. I started sharing devotions in June 2019. As one of the ministry leaders at my church. One reason why I started devotions is because of the lack of inspiration and motivation in our lives. It is hard to be encouraged with a lot of negativity going around. I invite you to be encouraged by the word of God. Our struggles can be personal, at the workplace, and the lack of community in our lives. When we go through hard times, we need the word of God. Please read them and be encouraged. I also started a podcast talking about racism and discrimination. Please take a moment to check that out as well. Afternoon Coffee Break with Darren Watts.