As a child growing up in church, the title of this post, John 11:35, was my favorite verse to quote. I think the reason is obvious. Saying it with accuracy would help earn me a candy bar, or something. But these days, it has a whole new meaning.
These days, I know why Jesus wept. I was taught it was because his good friend Lazarus had died, but I don’t believe that anymore, for Jesus already knew he was going to raise him from the dead. Verse 4; When Jesus heard this, he said, “This sickness will not lead to death, but to God’s glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” (NET)
Jesus wept because the people, and his friends, who had lost their loved one were hurting. My point to telling you this is Jesus hurts when you are hurting too, even today. Jesus sees you, knows your name and knows what you are going through now and will go through in the future.
Verse 32 Now when Mary came to the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” 33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the people who had come with her weeping, he was intensely moved in spirit and greatly distressed. (NET)
When you are hurting, distressed, be confident that Jesus knows, he cares, and he can’t wait for you to invite him to do something about it. It’s true, he holds the whole world in his hands, but he’s holding you as well. Now rest in that knowledge.
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