This week in Bible enrichment class, our kids are learning more about gentleness through the story of Lazarus and his resurrection in John 11.
In this chapter, we learn that Lazarus and his family were good friends of Jesus’. When Jesus found out that Lazarus had become sick and died, it troubled him greatly and he felt called to visit the city of Bethany where Lazarus was being buried. He proclaimed to his disciples, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going (to Bethany) to wake him.”
When Jesus arrived at the family home, he comforted both Mary and Martha who were sisters of Lazarus. Both sisters greeted Jesus by saying they wish he had come sooner and been there to heal their brother. In this time, Jesus also wept for his friend and took time to mourn the loss with the family.
Soon after this time of mourning, Jesus went to the place where Lazurus had been buried. He commanded that the stone be removed and then he said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I know that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me. Lazarus come out!”
At that moment, Lazurus walked out of the grave, took his grave clothes off and walked away. Everyone stood at the site in amazement at what Jesus had just done.
In this story Jesus represents the perfect example of how to show gentleness and love in our actions. He took time to understand what Mary and Martha were going through and mourned with them. Then he showed love for his friend Lazarus by raising him from the dead.
Our hope this week is that our kids see the perfect gentleness of Jesus and are open to the opportunities they have in their own lives to show gentleness to people who are having a difficult time. By the power of Jesus, we all have the opportunity to step in and be supportive of people in need.