Jesus’ Pastoral Care (1 of 2)

What kind of pastoral care did Jesus provide?

I was challenged to consider this question by a co-worker last week who used the story of Lazarus as an example. Here are the opening lines of this narrative from John 11, TNIV:

1 Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.2 (This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair.)

3 So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.”

4 When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.”5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.6 So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days, 7 and then he said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.”

Mary, Martha and Lazarus may have been some of Jesus’ closest friends outside of the twelve men who traveled with him. Jesus receives word that Lazarus is sick (in the hospital or hospice, if it were today, as we know from the story that he is near death) and Jesus proceeds to respond by staying where is for two days.

Two days is a long time when your best friend is near death.

There is little that is truly urgent in pastoral care.

What do you learn about Jesus’ pastoral care from this story?

Resurrection Live at 10:45 AM and 5:00 PM

I normally do not post on Sunday, but I am excited to share the launch of a live webstream of worship at Resurrection. Check out this excerpt from Adam’s e-note this week and join us at http://live.cor.org today

4. Sick or Traveling? Join us for Worship LIVE on the Web Sundays at 10:45 and 5:00
This Sunday we officially launch a live webcast of our entire worship service on the Internet at 10:45 am and 5:00 pm. If you are sick at home or in the hospital, or if you are travelling you can now join us for worship from your computer (you’ll need a high speed internet connection). The service will be broadcast live. Our license allows us to broadcast the service live, but we are unable to continue to replay the service on the Net due to music copyright restrictions. The sermons will continue to be available for viewing at any time. Check out the service and let us know how we can improve the experience. Here’s the link. To offer suggestions for improvement email Andrew Conard.