Emotions of Jesus

Weeping

The people who were at the house trying to console Mary, saw her leave hastily and assumed she was going to Lazarus’ grave to weep, so they followed to comfort her (v. 31). When she arrived and saw Jesus, she fell down at His feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died” (v. 32). When Jesus saw her weeping and other people wailing with her, He was deeply troubled (v. 33). He asked where they had put Lazarus, and when they showed Him, He broke into tears (vv. 34-35). Here we are reminded of the humanity of Christ and His love and concern for His people. The Jews debated whether or not He could have prevented this tragedy by healing Lazarus (vv. 36-37).

One of the most moving scenes in the life of Jesus is the death of Lazarus. Here we see not only the power of Jesus to raise the dead, but the emotions of Jesus moved by the grief of those around Him. Martha’s faith is evident as she approached Jesus, four days after the death of Lazarus, and professed belief that He could save her dead brother. When Mary came as well and Jesus saw her grief and the grief of those with her, he was “deeply moved in spirit and troubled” (v. 33). Scripture then tells us that Jesus wept (v. 35). This is the shortest and yet the deepest verse in Scripture. His was a silent weeping and not the loud lamentation of the mourners.

Application

 

Our Lord’s weeping reveals the humanity of the Saviour. He has entered into all of our experiences and knows how we feel. In fact, being the perfect God-Man, Jesus experienced these things in a deeper way than we do. I need to be weeping over the souls of lost people.

John 11:28-37 (English Standard Version)

When she had said this, she went and called her sister Mary, saying in private, "The Teacher is here and is calling for you." And when she heard it, she rose quickly and went to him. Now Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was still in the place where Martha had met him. When the Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary rise quickly and go out, they followed her, supposing that she was going to the tomb to weep there. Now when Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet, saying to him, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died." 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. So the Jews said, "See how he loved him!" But some of them said, "Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man also have kept this man from dying?"

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