Jesus Wept

Although Jesus apparently didn’t laugh, we know He cried. The shortest book in the Bible, John 11: 35, says that “Jesus wept.” This real life story was about the death of Martha and Mary’s brother Lazarus whom Jesus delayed in coming to heal so the people could see who He really was. Commentators say that he cried over the sins of unbelief in the people of the time and the fact that death was a direct result of sin.I suspect the tears were related also to the sorrow of His friends Martha and Mary and His incredible love for them and that death awaited them and all  mankind. The Bible says that David was a man after God’s own heart and we know from his writings that he was emotional so it stands to reason that Jesus was no doubt emotional as well. After all, he was 100% God and 100% man which was why only He was the perfect sacrifice for sinful man since sin entered the world through man, a man would have to pay sin’s price. But it couldn’t be just any man, it had to be the only Perfect Man.

If the son of God weeped, then certainly showing our emotions including tears should be the norm and not the exception for we humans. I for one have been reluctant to show my emotions, especially tears,  fearing that if I ever started crying I would never stop. 

We use the expression getting in touch with our feelings and observing  the world and our own culture the first feelings that appear to emerge are fear and anger.We seem much more comfortable expressing our anger than other emotions which I guess is logical when we try to exclude the very God who made us and all creation and who rules it sovereignly from our public lives. And if we exclude God and His love from our public lives, isn’t it rational to deduce that fear and anger will fill the vacuum created. Perhaps that’s why the world is in the condition it is since we are conditioned to be fearful and angry rather than experiencing God’s love through much of our public lives. A love that was powerful enough to cry with Martha and Mary and bring their brother Lazarus back to life after being dead for 4 days.

Just a thought.


About menmourningmoments

I'm happily married, the Father of 2 sons and 2 daughters and 4 beautiful grandchildren. Death is all around us but somehow we've managed to distance ourselves from it. Men, Mourning, Moments is about how the death of my son awakened me to life & the desire to seize every moment as though it were my last. It's about making sense of life in the good times and bad and allowing GOD to carry me and teach me through the hard times in life.
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4 Responses to Jesus Wept

  1. robertdyson says:

    I was just reading this passage in my bible this morning. I have always remembered it for the seemingly puzzling fact that Jesus wept over something he knew he was going to fix. But I don’t think I had ever noticed the references to his anger in these passages. In fact, the weeping is sandwiched in between the anger.

    33 When Jesus saw her weeping and saw the other people wailing with her, a deep anger welled up within him, and he was deeply troubled. 34 “Where have you put him?” he asked them.

    They told him, “Lord, come and see.” 35 Then Jesus wept. 36 The people who were standing nearby said, “See how much he loved him!” 37 But some said, “This man healed a blind man. Couldn’t he have kept Lazarus from dying?”

    38 Jesus was still angry as he arrived at the tomb, a cave with a stone rolled across its entrance.

    What do you make of this? As you mentioned, Jesus is fully human, and had a range of human emotions. Anger was among them, just as it is with us. We are instructed not to sin in our anger, implying anger itself is not a sin.

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  2. sherry jones says:

    however a good thought Mason.

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  3. Kory Capps says:

    One of my all-time favorite verses Mason—thank you for taking the time to meditate and write on it. I love what it communicates about the heart of God and his posture in the fray of human life. Miss you!


    • Thanks for reading and commenting. My goals with the days of my life remaining is to slow down enough to try and better understand and see how much GOD loves me and dove tail that great, undeserved love with my actions, behavior. Thanks again for your insight and thoughts.


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