What moved Jesus inside at the tomb of Lazarus?

John Bible Background

05.29.2019 – New Testament: John 11.38

To read the Bible in a year, read John 11.18–46 on May 29, In the year of our Lord 2019

By Don Ruhl

When Jesus asked the family where they had laid Lazarus, they showed Him. Then He wept. Some of the Jews said that if He could open the eyes of the blind, surely He could have kept Lazarus from dying. The next thing the Bible says is this:

Then Jesus, again groaning in Himself, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it.

– John 11.38

“Groaning in Himself,” could also mean “being moved with indignation in himself.” Either what those Jews said bothered Him or He was disturbed that death, the enemy of man and of the Lord, had taken yet another person, and this time someone so wonderful as Lazarus.


  • What grieves you about death?
  • What bothers you about things that people say during someone’s death?

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