The Displeasure of Jesus

When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled.
— John 11:33

The Lord turned, not to Mary and Martha, not to punish them for their unbelief, not even to chide them for their sorrow; he turned to his father to thank him. He thanks him for hearing a prayer he had made—whether a moment before, or ere he left the other side of the Jordan, I cannot tell. Surely he had spoken about bringing Lazarus back, and his father had shown himself of one mind with him. “And I know that thou hearest me always, but because of the multitude which standeth around I said it, that they may believe that thou didst send me.” He had said something for the sake of the multitude; what was it? The thanksgiving he had just uttered. He was not in the way of thanking his father in formal words, and now would not naturally have spoken his thanks aloud; he had done the unusual thing for the sake of being heard to do it, and for holy honesty-sake he tells the fact, speaking to his father so as the people about him may hear, and there be no shadow of undisclosed doubleness in the action. “I thank thee, father, and I say it that the people may understand that I am not doing this thing of myself, but as thy messenger. It is thou, father, art going to do it. Lazarus, come forth.” The trouble of the Lord was that his friends would not trust his father. He did not want any reception of himself that was not a reception of his father—hewho did the works! From this disappointment came, it seems to me, that sorrowful sigh, “Nevertheless, when the son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?”