When Jesus Cried

 In Daily Encouragement

Do you want to memorize the shortest verse in the Bible?  You will find in John 11:35 where we read;

Jesus wept.”

Jesus was going to Bethany knowing that his friend and the brother of Mary and Martha had already died.  He had become deathly ill, and Mary and Martha could not understand why Jesus had not shown up to heal him.  Lazarus was His friend.  Mary and Martha were followers of Jesus and closely linked to His ministry.  However, Jesus waited, and Lazarus died.

While Jesus was approaching Bethany, Martha went out to meet Him. Her first words were somewhat harsh and blamed Jesus for her brother’s death.

“Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.”

After a few more words were exchanged, Martha went back to get Mary because Jesus was asking for her.  Mary and others followed went to meet Jesus, and all of them were weeping. Then we read;

“Therefore, when Mary came where Jesus was, she saw Him, and fell at His feet, saying to Him, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.” When Jesus, therefore, saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, He was deeply moved in spirit and was troubled, and said, “Where have you laid him?” They said* to Him, “Lord, come and see.” Jesus wept.” 

We weep because of sadness.  We weep because of loss and feeling emotionally broken.  We also weep because we know our sin is hurting our loved ones.  I don’t know about you, but I have cried because of my sexual brokenness and the inability I felt to stop acting out with sex.  On my knees and crying out to the Lord to please help me to stop. I have felt powerless over my many failures despite making promises to God that I would stop.

Our tears matter to Jesus.  He cares about us when we feel broken and worthless.  So, when I am feeling sad and crying over my sin I remember two very important things;

  1. Jesus knows how I am feeling and he has felt those feelings Himself. He is empathetic regarding my pain and can comfort me in my sufferings because He suffered much in His life here on earth.

 

  1. He is ever interceding for me before the Father.

“…but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. Therefore, he can save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.”

Crying is good for our soul.  So please cry before the Lord and cry out to the Lord.  The Spirit is our Comforter and Counselor, and Jesus is continuously interceding or praying for you.

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