Jesus Wept

John 11:35–The shortest Bible verse.

From Bethany Martha and Mary sent word to Jesus that their brother, Lazarus, was sick. Jesus told his disciples,”This sickness is not to end in death, but for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified by it.” John 11:4 NASB.

Jesus told his disciples that Lazarus fell asleep. The disciples said if he was asleep he would recover.

Jesus said, “Lazarus is dead. . . .and I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, so that you may believe.”  Vs. 14-15.

Jesus waited a few days. When He neared Bethany, Martha and Mary ran to meet him. They were upset because Lazarus was dead and Jesus didn’t come sooner.

“Your brother will rise again,” Jesus told them. “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe that?”

When Jesus saw Mary and Martha weeping and those who were with them weeping, Jesus wept.

Weeping is not crying. Weeping drains the body physically and the soul emotionally. At the end of weeping is exhaustion. Emptiness.

Was Jesus weeping because Lazarus was dead? I don’t think so. Jesus was about to resurrect him. Jesus knew. Maybe Jesus wept because this resurrection, this miracle from the hand of God, didn’t glorify God. Maybe the people who witnessed it were not awed. Maybe the world’s sin was becoming Jesus’ unbearable burden.

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6 thoughts on “Jesus Wept

  1. Interesting take on this. I always thought it was because he was sorrowful at the loss of his friend, but you are right, he wouldn’t be sorrowful if he was planning on raising him back up. Maybe he just felt bad for the grieving of his dear friends, and being human as well as God, felt their pain.

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    • I still think He may have been weeping because even with all the miracles He performed, His people just didn’t get it. I think Martha’s lack of faith bugged Him as well.

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