Read:  John 11:1-3

In his gospel, the Apostle John records Jesus’ favorite pair of sisters, Martha and Mary, sending word to Jesus that their dear brother was sick.  We’re all familiar with what follows.  Lazarus turns out to be more than just sick.  In fact, by the time Jesus gets on scene, he had been dead for four days.  The emotions were high, forcing even Jesus to weep with Mary and Martha. (John 11:35) Eventually, Jesus calls Lazarus out of the tomb, and miraculously, he is resurrected from the dead!

Interesting though, is the original message brought to Jesus:  “Lord, the one you love is sick.”  Once again, John is the writer of this section of scripture, and he always referred to himself as the one whom Jesus loved. (John 13:23; 19:26; 20:2; 21:7; 21:20) And yet here, this phrase is not a reference to John, but to Lazarus.  How could there be two “the one’s”?

The answer is simple:  because Jesus made everyone feel like “the one”!

In the world today, there is an idea floating around that everyone has someone out there – a special soul-mate!  People believe that it’s all about finding “the right one”!  And yet, the truth is that there is no perfect one.  It’s about finding any “one” and making them “the one”!  Jesus made everyone feel like the one whom He loved!  And that’s how we need to make people feel as well!

 

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