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Jesus Wept


John 11.33-35
When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled. And he said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” Jesus wept.

What do you know about the siblings Mary, Martha, and Lazarus? Mary sat at Jesus’ feet while Martha was concerned about making Jesus comfortable. John tells us that Mary anointed Jesus’ feet. Mary worshiped Jesus. Lazarus was resurrected to glorify God. Jesus was clearly close to this family and had much interaction with them at their home in Bethany.
 
I would like to point out some key verses in John 11 about this encounter. Jesus purposely let Lazarus die so the Son of God may be glorified through the resurrection of Lazarus (verse 4). Jesus has power over sin and death. Jesus goes on to say in verse 14 that He is doing this so that you may believe. In verse 25 Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life.” In verse 35 Jesus wept.
 
Why did Jesus weep? The Bible does not explain, but we can infer that Jesus truly grieves Lazarus' death. Jesus cares about us. Jesus knows that He is about to display His power over sin and death. Jesus is also going to the cross to complete the mission of making it possible for us to be forgiven of our sins and be reconciled to God. Jesus may have wept over people’s unbelief. It is important for us to know that Jesus wept.
 
What causes you to weep? Perhaps you are struggling today and grieving over many people and things. Know that Jesus cares and understands and has overcome sin and death. Ultimately we have hope because of Jesus.
 
Blessings,

Anna