Why Did Jesus Weep
I start these devotions with a question or maybe even a funny story. Just something to wake you up and get you thinking, but I want to go straight to the Bible verse.
We’re in the Easter season. I want to kind of have the simplicity of thinking about this profound verse. Luke 19: Here’s what Luke 19 says about Jesus as he approached Jerusalem.
Why did Jesus weep? Why did he weep on his way to Jerusalem? What does it mean that we have a God who empathizes with us who actually grieves as we grieve.
Here’s my little theory, something to think about and pray about today. He wept, I think because he was about to go into this busy, bustling city filled with people, the centre of the known Jewish world.
And so many of them, the vast majority of them would not even know that God was so close. He’d walked down their streets teaching their temples to go through their court system, and many of them wouldn’t even know he was there.
They would go to school, work, do laundry, and raise their kids and not know how very close God is. Here’s my exhortation for you this Easter season don’t miss Jesus. He’s very close; prepare your heart open up your faith, and let him renew it.
Would you get to church this weekend wherever you’re listening to this? In fact, don’t just show up on Easter. Grab someone with you and make the next three weeks a season of spiritual renewal.
In fact, start right now, take a little moment of prayer and say, God, show me just how close you are right now.
Bible Study On Jesus Wept
I want to talk about the shortest verse in the Bible, but we need to put it in some context. So the story that we’re going to look at all comes in John chapter 11.
I’m going to read verses 32 to 44, but just to give a bit of backstory in contex.t Jesus is travelling with his ministry. He’s just come back from Judea, where his life had been threatened because of people being so angry at what he was preaching.
And then word comes that his friend Lazarus has died. The sisters of Lazarus Mary and Martha were also very close to Jesus. So he says he’s going to turn around and go back and visit them.
The disciples think he’s crazy for doing that, saying we were threatened we nearly died. And then Thomas says, well, we may as well go back and die with him, so there’s a certain fatalism amongst the disciple, thinking this will not end well.
But Jesus is determined to go and comfort his friends. So we pick up in verse 32 .he’s already met Martha, and she said to him, but if you’d been here, Lazarus wouldn’t have died.
And then Jesus stays where he is, and Martha goes back into the village of Bethany, and Mary comes out to find Jesus.
Verse 32: Mary saw Jesus at the place she was standing and fell at his feet. It has not died. Jesus was moved by the sight of her weeping as well as the Jews who had come with her and was troubled and deeply moved by it. Where have you laid him he asked to come and see Lord, they replied, and Jesus wept?
The Jews then said, “See how he loves you.”However, some of them said that he who opened his eyes to the blind man could not have saved him from death. Jesus was once again deeply moved when he went to the tomb.
It was a cave that had a stone laying across its entrance. He said, “Take away the stone.”Lord spoke of Martha, the sister to the dead man. There’s a foul odour because he’s been there four days.
Jesus replied, “I did not tell you that if I believe, you will see God’s glory.” They took out the stone, then Jesus looked up and said, father, I am glad that you have listened to me.
Although I was aware that you always hear my voice, I spoke this to benefit those standing around so that they might believe you sent me. He said, “This Jesus shouted in a loud voice Lazarus come out.”
The body of the dead man was wrapped in linen strips and a cloth around its face. Jesus told them to take off their grave clothes and let him go.
There’s great sadness and sorrow and weeping, and all the Jewish mourning customs are being fulfilled. That’s why there are so many other people there. And Jesus asks where you have laid him, and they invite Jesus to come and see the tomb.
And at that point, Jesus wept verse 35, and this is the bit that I find so interesting because Jesus, I’m fairly sure, knew that he was going to raise Lazarus from the dead.
Why Did Jesus Weep For Lazarus
So from Jesus point of view, there is no need for all this morning there is no need for all this weeping, but yet at the same time, he can understand it from Mary and Martha’s point of view that from their point of view, their brother is dead and is not coming back.
That’s the incredible empathy of Jesus that we see there even though he knew their mourning was going to come to an end very quickly. And be replaced by the joy he could still identify with their own weeping and their sadness and their brokenness. And reading this during this coronavirus time gives me incredible comforts.
On the one hand, the Lord is in control. The Lord is not threatened by what’s happening down here, nor is he fazed by it, nor is he unable to help us in the middle of our grief and the trials that we’re going through.
But at the very same time, he understands absolutely and completely just how difficult this is for us, .how much it’s hurting us, how worried and afraid of us might be, and he has incredible empathy for that.
He doesn’t condemn it or criticize it or shake his finger at it. He just understands, and without any words, the tears of Jesus communicated that so powerfully to Mary and Martha.
And the fact that he chose to let that happen before doing one of the greatest miracles in the entire New Testament says a lot doesn’t make it that first of all. He’s making sure that Mary and Martha feel understood. Feel comforted, feel supported, feel his friendship.
It’s the humanity of Jesus, isn’t it, and I’d love that about him, and then in that context, he raises Lazarus from the dead and what incredible rejoicing there must have been at that point.
But Jesus didn’t just want to do a miracle to bring attention and glory to his father. Although that was a big part of it, he also wanted the people around him to understand just how much he and the father cared for them and loved them.
1. What Is the Significance of ‘Jesus Wept’ in the Face of Death?
Answer: We often forget to consider the human side of Jesus when we read the gospels. He had human relationships all through his life. It is easy to mistakenly view Jesus as a higher-being (which He was, He’s God). He was so different from all others that His relationships were strictly a leader-follower model.
While the gospel writers certainly highlighted His ministry to reveal His teachings, miracles, and role as prophesied Messiah, they also noted that He was a friend. He was close to the people He knew, and they were with him for more than three years.
Consider your friendships from the time you met each other up to now (how long you have known each other). There are many inside jokes, common interests, hobbies, and you have shared your secrets, vulnerabilities, heartbreaks and joys.
Jesus was both God and man when he experienced this. This is important to keep in mind when you read a passage such as this. This passage shows the full extent of Jesus’ human emotions, which are combined with His divine knowledge. It is possible to see Jesus’ personal relationships in full display through the death of Lazarus. This also shows us what it means for us as Jesus’ friends. You can also feel the reality of death.
2. What Does ‘Jesus Wept’ Mean?
Answer: Jesus wept at Lazarus’ tomb as he was surrounded by grieving people. He did not weep because he was weak but rather out of compassion for humanity’s suffering. The human race was created to live forever. Sin was the only reason that death could occur. Jesus wept and felt compassion for those who were suffering because of sin.
Jesus raised Lazarus after this verse. This verse shows us that God is sensitive to our pain and will share our sorrows. When we give ourselves to Him, He brings unmeasurable joy into our lives.
3. How many times does Jesus weep?
Answer: There are three times in Scripture where Jesus wept (John 11,35; Luke 19,:41; Hebrews 5,:7-9). Each of these is nearing the end of Jesus’ life, and each one reveals what is most important to our loving God. He is truly “touched by the feeling of our infirmities” (Hebrews 4:15).
4. Why did Jesus weep over Jerusalem?
Answer: Jesus wept over Jerusalem and the city of Jerusalem because they no longer served the purpose they were meant. The temple, which was God’s house, had been turned into a marketplace where people over-exercised in trade. Jerusalem, Zion and David’s city had failed to be an example of holiness.
5. Why did Jesus weep in the Garden of Gethsemane?
Answer: Jesus Christ suffered from hematohidrosis while praying at Gethsemane prior to His crucifixion. It was described by Luke, Physician, as “and being anguishful, he prayed harder, and his sweat fell on the ground like drops of blood.”
6. What does weeping represent in the Bible?
Answer: Whom he raised to life. Jesus also wept over Jerusalem’s refusal to acknowledge him as Savior. Jesus was able to live firsthand the glory of heaven, which is one reason he left heaven to become a man.
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