This is a favorite verse of kids learning scripture verses. But isn’t it just a bit puzzling? Since Jesus had the power to raise Lazarus from the dead and was planning on doing so, why did He weep? I have thought that if it was me, I might be smirking a bit. I would be showing them a miracle in a few minutes. I think I might have difficulty containing my smugness, thinking, “I got this.”
Years ago I worked in a medical records department of a hospital. I responded for a request for medical records by walking them up to the Emergency Room. As I rounded the corner, I entered an area of wailing and crying. The Emergency Room staff was crying, the security personnel were crying. By the time I had dropped the records off, I felt like crying – and I had no idea what had happened. It turns out a baby had died.
I imagine a similar circumstance when Jesus felt the grief of His friends. His tender heart wretched with sorrow, too. Jesus is in tune with my feelings. He rejoices when I rejoice and sorrows when I sorrow. He knows what I feel and feels it, too. What a savior!
“Jesus wept” John 11:35.
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