Why Did Jesus Weep?

Author: Susan Grant — Host: Emily TenterPosted on: April 1, 2020

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Why Did Jesus Weep?

When I was little, I would talk with God, praying, “God, if you’re really up there, please show me a sign!” I think my prayer is one that, at one point or another, we all pray. We want to know if God is there. But we also want to know, “Is He here? Does He care about my thoughts and situations?” In John 11, Jesus’ close friends, Mary and Martha, sent a message asking Jesus to come to their house: their brother, Lazarus, was dying. They sought Jesus’ help and comfort during this difficult time, but Jesus delayed coming. When Jesus finally arrived, Lazarus was dead, and the sisters asked Jesus why He didn’t prevent this. They wanted to know: “Do you care about us and what happens to us?” Jesus went to Lazarus’ tomb and wept. He knew He was the Resurrection and the Life, and that, in a few minutes, He would raise Lazarus from the dead. So why did He weep? The simple answer is Jesus grieves over sin and the hurt it causes—including death. He grieves over the fact that the people He made often reject Him, the only One who can rescue them from all that is broken. When we are hurt by the sin and brokenness in the world, it’s as if Jesus goes to the “tombs” in our lives and weeps along with us. Jesus is Emmanuel, meaning “God is with us.” Be encouraged because God has become one of us. God became a human to end sin and the brokenness it causes (John 1:1-14). When our trust is in Christ, through the Holy Spirit, God is here with us even now. He cares deeply about all the details of our lives. And He promises that His people—those who know Him through faith in Christ—will one day dwell with Him forever, free from tears (Revelation 21:1-5). • Susan Grant • What specific things in your life have you wondered if God really cares about? • If you knew Jesus weeps over sin and the brokenness it causes, how would this make a difference in your life? Jesus wept. John 11:35 (CSB)


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John 11:1-44