“Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus” (v5). At the beginning of the well-known story of Lazarus’ death and resurrection, John adds this significant detail. Jesus loved these people. He had a plan for good that included them and all those who would hear their testimony (v3-11). Yet Jesus grieved as they went through their tragic experience (v35), because he shares our sorrows, though he sees the eternal perspective.
“See how he loved him!” (v36). God has power to redeem difficult situations, and we can trust that He will, because He loves us.