Jesus Wept

The shortest verse in the bible is John 11:35 that says- Jesus Wept.

Picture that Jesus the Son of God, the person who walked on water, calmed a storm with a few words, healed numerous people, and who created the world, WEPT.

His friend Lazarus had died. But Jesus knew he was about to bring Lazarus back from the dead. So why did he weep?

He saw the sorrow of his friends the sisters of Lazarus. He felt their pain. Jesus can empathize with our pain. So he wept.

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Yesterday I had a tiny bit of an understanding about why Jesus wept. I was at the funeral of a young woman, who was my student and friend, and I saw the overwhelming grief of her little sister who wept and cried out for her sister. I saw her mother overwhelmed with grief.

But I knew something. My friend had prayed with me to trust Jesus. Even though she had turmoil and depression, she had faith. I am certain my friend is with Jesus in heaven now.

But I also know something else. It is the reason that when I attend funerals for people who know Jesus, I am not overwhelmed by grief. In fact the day my father died as I sat with him, I taught my class that evening. Why? Because my father had prayed with me to be at peace with God and ask Jesus to forgive him.

What is the something else? When I was sick and close to dying in July 1995, one night I prayed. I told Jesus that if he wanted to take me to heaven it was okay but that more people needed to heard about him. Then I felt a hand on my shoulder and was filled with peace. I lived alone at the time. I felt his presence so deeply it was as if I had one foot in this life and one in the next. I will never forget being in his presence like that.

So when my fellow believers die, I know how wonderful they have it in his presence.

But yesterday as I saw my friend’s mother and little sister overcome with grief, I teared up for them. I plan to visit them and follow up with them to share about my friend trusting Jesus and where she is now. But I felt their grief.

It was a tiny glimpse into why Jesus wept.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

22 thoughts on “Jesus Wept

  1. When someone I knew has gone to be with the Lord, knowing that they are with Jesus lessen the enormity of my sadness but it breaks my heart to see the grief of the family who have to live without them.
    I hope they find comfort in knowing that she is with Jesus now.

  2. Grief is difficult even for believers at times, when I was a teenage and loss my mother to cancer it hurt me so bad, losing others young or even old is always hard even when we know that they are with the Lord. Prayers for all here

  3. Thank you for sharing. May your post bless and touch those who share similar, crushing grief, and lead them to the Comforter. God bless you and bless your outreach in His name.

  4. Its called the mystery of death
    Death was never part of the plan of God so, that is why it will never be easy for anyone to handle death of a loved one. Even Jesus felt and continues to feel the pain.
    But there is hope of eternal life for them who are in Christ Jesus.

  5. Funeral is a sad and painful time for everyone. It is a comfort to know that Jesus understands our pain and He weeps with us also. I am sorry for your loss and I pray that God will bring comfort to the grieving family.

    I must tell you that the title of this post caught my eyes because I just wrote a post entitled “Jesus wept.” I scheduled it for Friday. It is a fun Friday post but it has a serious message.πŸ™‚

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