“Jesus wept.” (John 11:35) That is the shortest verse in the entire Bible. Yet, those two words are so profound and powerful. Why did Jesus weep? Might it be because Jesus seeing Martha and Mary in such a grief and anguish over the loss of their beloved brother Lazarus? Jesus already knew that He would raise Lazarus in just a few moments, but He still wept.
I believe that Jesus felt compassion, seeing the grief death causes to those who have lost a loved one. Death is not natural and came into the world because of the disobedience of Adam and Eve. Their sin caused first of all spiritual death i.e. eternal separation from God, and secondly physical death. When God made Adam and Eve, He made them perfect, they were sinless and in communion with him. They had a relationship that was close and intimate, and I believe that they would have lived forever in eternity with God, if it were not for that one-act of disobedience. Just think about it, one sin and they were banished from the garden. God gave them the world and they forfeited it to Satan by their disobedience and listening to the deceiver rather than God. Sin brought forth death and with it dire consequences, the first murder, Cain killing his brother Abel.
I can just imagine how Adam and Eve must have felt seeing the death of Abel by his brother as a result of their sin. And as we know things got worse from there, being separated from God, people lived after the flesh and the works of the flesh are evident even today: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like (Gal 5:19-21).
I believe that at the time of Jesus, people had lost hope and Jesus seeing this wept out of compassion for them. People were lost and felt helpless. Jesus came for that very reason, to reconcile mankind to God, to die for the sin of the world and overcome death so that those who believe will have eternal life with God. Jesus loved Martha and Mary and He raised Lazarus from the dead, not only for their benefit but for ours also.
Jesus demonstrated His power even over death. Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. “And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25, 26.
We may all die physically, but the spirit of the believers will be with Jesus at the moment of death. Mankind is lost and it is by the mercy and grace of God, that He has sent His only begotten Son to die in our place. When Jesus saw the anguish and pain in the faces of Martha and Mary, He wept for a moment, but knowing full-well that He a few days later would lay down His life for them. Jesus loves us so much that He became sin for us and willingly went to the cross and faced the wrath of God which was reserved for us. He did for us what we could not do for ourselves, He paid the price and appeased and reconciled us to God the Father.
“For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.” Romans 5:17-19.
That is glorious news in which we as believers can rejoice in. Believers in Jesus Christ are justified before God and the righteousness of Christ was imputed onto them. We as believers have nothing to fear, death can not hold us and Satan has no more power over our lives (unless we let him). Just as Jesus wept over the condition of man, so should we have the heart of God for our fellow-man, the once that are lost and without hope. Seeing the condition of the world should bring us to tears, weeping as Jesus did. It should make us wanting to share the gospel the good news about Jesus and the salvation through Him. Do we have the compassion Jesus had for the lost? Are we willing to share with our friends and neighbors about the coming judgment, or are we just plainly satisfied with our own salvation? I hope that we all have a heart for the lost and are eager to share the gospel of truth with them.
I hope that we all have the heart of God, the compassion, the mercy, the love that He demonstrated for us by going to the cross. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
4 thoughts on “Jesus Wept”
Roger I’m glad we agree on the omnipotence issue your deiointifn and mine are in fact the same. However, I have had numerous arguments with more fundamental Christians who insist God can do anything he wants, logical or not, on the basis He made the laws of logic so can break them if he so wishes. The point I was trying to make is that it is possible that good cannot exist without evil, therefore God has no choice in the matter I was actually arguing the Christian case there. If you have not already seen it, may I recommend Raymond M Smullyan’s essay Is God a Taoist?’ A witty Socratic debate between God and a mortal on what God can and cannot do On the weakness of the argument in the article, we once again come round to the circularity of faith. All the evidence’ makes sense if you have faith, but without it makes none. You see Islam as fatalistic, but Muslims don’t, because they have aa different paradigm from yours. One of Dawkins better points is that we are all atheistic towards most religions actual atheists just go one religion further. To say you have faith in the revealed wisdom of God means you have faith in the revelations, but to accept these as true requires faith in the first place.One of the reasons atheists accuse the religious of blind’ faith (I prefer blinkered’) is that any religious person can see the flaws in all the other religions (the reason I was put of Christianity at Uni was a Christian pamphlet explaining in great detail why all the other religions are WRONG!!!) yet none seem capable of seeing the flaws in their own. On the odd occassion this does happen, the believer ends up leaving the faith see unreasonablefaith.com for an example.To me, the weakness of the article remains simply because it falls back on faith in, as you put it the revealed attributes, nature and promises of God . Without faith in these there is no argument it will only convince those who already believe.As a PS why can God not lie? It would not be outside the bounds of logic, and there are occassions when lying is the right thing to do (No, darling, your bum never looks big in anything). This is not a rhetorical question, I am genuinley interested to know why this aspect of His character is always assumed.
Thanks Rick for all you and your wife do. I am honored and blessed to have you as a friend in my life. May the Lord richly bless you and your ministry to the seniors and all the other good works you do for the kingdom.
Good Morning Friend,
Your latest post on Jesus Wept was touching and spoke to how much love Jesus has for us and the lost. My wife and I minister at Villa Monte Vista Nursing Home on Sunday’s along with 5 other believers from Maranatha. We witness weekly the frail, fragile and those who are experiencing the last days of their lives. We bring the hope, love, joy, and peace that can only be found in Jesus. Besides our worship, a sermon message and prayer, we share the great story of God’s love through His Son and ask if they want to believe. Yesterday, Doris, who has come and gone through our services and grew up a Baptist but never believed on Jesus accepted the Lord. What great joy there is when one comes to faith!! Over the past three months, we have had 3 seniors make a personal confession of faith and receive the gift of forgiveness and salvation. We have also seen a number of believers go home to the Lord and non-believers perish forever. Continue your good work unto the Lord and pray for the lost but near and far….
“Not My Will But Thy Will Be Done.”