I AM ... The Resurrection | John 11:33-35
When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. "Where have you laid him?" he asked. "Come and see, Lord," they replied. Jesus wept.
Today’s passage shows the nature of Jesus: He was fully God, and at the same time, fully man. When approached with the news of Lazarus’ death, Jesus assured Mary and Martha of the resurrection. But now at the grave, he demonstrates a heartfelt sympathy for the pain that the sisters are experiencing.
Different words are used for Mary and Jesus’ weeping. Mary’s is the loud wailing of grief. The word “wept” describing Jesus’ emotion is used only here in Scripture. It describes the shedding of tears. Mary is expressing the deep grief of loss. Jesus expressed compassion for his dear friends.
I don’t know what you are going through today, but Jesus does. He knows and understands. He loves you and is able to meet your deepest need. The writer to the Hebrews explains it this way:
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are-- yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. -Hebrews 4:15-16
Lord Jesus, thank you for dying for our sins on the cross. Your perfect sacrifice gives us eternal life. And thank you for understanding what we are going through. Thank you for crying with us. In Jesus name. Amen.