Jesus wept. — John 11:35
The shortest verse in all the Bible… Obviously, the easiest to memorize as well. This verse takes us back to a sorrowful time in the life of Jesus. In the small village of Bethany, we find Him weeping at the grave of his friend Lazarus. The tears of our Lord conveys volumes to the reader. I had not really thought of it before but actually, Jesus could have but did not speak healing from a distance like he did for the centurion’s servant. Matthew 8:13 Jesus had his reasons. His reasoning did not negate the suffering, He did not take it lightly. Instead, He was “greatly troubled” and wept. The Son does what His Father’s, our Father’s will is even if it brings temporary sorrow He will be glorified and all He does is good and for good.
With poignant brevity, the gospel of John, took the most simplistic words to convey the mourners experience watching Jesus around the grave by stating, “Jesus wept.” Don’t you know He did not weep because Lazarus was dead. I believe Jesus wept when He saw Mary and Martha, Lazarus’s sisters crying. He loved them and he loved him. He knew what was coming, he knew in just a moment at a beckoning he would raise Lazarus from the dead and bring him out of the grave in his grave clothes.
Tears touch the heart of our Father!
Mary’s heart was broken, she lost her brother. I understand this heartache all too well. She was hurting and had lost hope for help for her brother. She had called for Jesus, she had believed in Him and she now believed He was too late to help. Jesus wept with her knowing her heart and her sorrow.
There is no interpreter needed as tears speak much clearer than words.
In Psalm 56:8, the psalmist says the Father keeps tears in a bottle. So… it’s okay to cry.
Compassion for suffering The Calamity of Sin
The Calamity of Sin The Cost of Redemption
The Cause of His Own Death
For all these things he wept…
I am grateful the Lord’s heart is broken when my heart is broken. It’s hard for me to comprehend the nearness of the Father to me but I feel Him. When I am filled with sorrow He is with me.
“Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning” (Psalm 30:5). And when that morning comes, “death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore” (Revelation 21:4).