The Native American Guy A. Zona used a proverb as the memorable title of one of his books, "The soul would have no rainbow had the eyes no tears." Tears do seem to well up in us a deep rainbow of emotions! Oswald Chambers, (1874-1917) the Scottish Baptist and Holiness Movement evangelist, wrote in "My Utmost for His Highest", "With focused attention and great care, you have to 'work out' what God works in' you — not work to accomplish or earn 'your own salvation,' but work it out so you will exhibit the evidence of a life based with determined, unshakable faith on the complete and perfect redemption of the Lord." That kind of discipleship is the art of "working out what God has worked in." Saint Paul in Philippians 2.13 stated it another way, "for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose." But what does it mean to be a disciple? How does Jesus intend us to follow Him?✞
Jesus said in Luke 6.36, "Be merciful just as your Father is merciful.". The word "merciful" means here "compassionate" or "pitying." Jesus showed that he was merciful in one very moving experience at the tomb of Lazarus. "Jesus wept" was memorable not only as the shortest verse in the Bible but also in its depth of Jesus' emotional feeling. John Vance Cheney (1848–1922) was an American poet who wrote,
"Through gloom and shadow look we
On beyond the years!
The soul would have no rainbow
Had the eyes no tears."
It revealed Jesus' soul rainbow eyes. At that moment, more than any other, Jesus revealed his love for his friend, Lazarus.✞