Jesus Wept

Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.  When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled.  And said, Where have ye laid him?  They said unto him, Lord, come and see.  Jesus wept.  Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him!
John 11:32-36

“Jesus wept.”  That is famous as being the shortest verse in the Bible.  But it also gives us a powerful statement about Jesus and His nature.  In the context of the story, there is really no reason for Jesus to weep.  He had said earlier that God was going to be glorified through Lazarus.  He knew that He was going to raise him from the dead.  But that did not stop Him from weeping.  As I read this passage, I couldn’t help buy wonder why He wept.  But then I started thinking about the nature of Jesus, and it all made sense to me.

I think He wept for three reasons.  First, He wept to show His humanity.  As a man, He had feelings just like every one of us has.  He got tired.  He got hungry.  Here, He was sad.  Second, I think He wept because He cared so much about the people.  “Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her…”  He saw the people He loved and cared for weeping, and “He groaned in the spirit, and was troubled.”  He had great empathy for others.  And third, I think that He wept because, as it says in verse 36, “he loved him!”  Jesus not only loved Lazarus’ friends and family, He loved Lazarus himself.

All of these things of course did not stop Jesus from raising Lazarus from the dead, but they do give us a little insight into His character and nature.  We would be wise to emulate Him in these things – loving and caring for others!

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