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If you play Trivial Pursuit long enough you will know that “Jesus wept” is a phrase famous for being the shortest verse in the King James Version of the Bible, as well as many other versions. You can find it in John 11:35.

This verse occurs in John’s narrative of the death of Lazarus, a follower of Jesus. Lazarus’ sisters Mary and Martha sent word to Jesus of their brother’s illness and impending death, but Jesus arrived four days after Lazarus died. Jesus, after talking to the grieving sisters and seeing Lazarus’ friends weeping, was deeply troubled and moved. After asking where Lazarus had been laid, and being invited to come see, Jesus wept. He then came to the tomb and told the people to remove the stone covering the tomb, prayed aloud to his Father, and ordered Lazarus to come out, resurrecting him before the mourners.

Significance has been attributed to Jesus’ deep emotional response to his friends’ weeping, and his own tears, including the following:

  • Weeping demonstrates that Christ was indeed a true man, with real bodily functions (such as tears, sweat, blood, eating and drinking—note, for comparison, the emphasis laid on Jesus’ eating during the post-resurrection appearances).
  • His emotions and reactions were real; Christ was not an illusion or spirit
  • The sorrow, sympathy, and compassion Jesus felt for all mankind.
  • The rage he felt against the tyranny of death over mankind.

So sometimes we weep. We know that Jesus has experienced all the suffering and more than we will ever experience.  This can be helpful to us if we can gain the perspective we need to realise it. This of course isn’t very easy to do when we are in the middle of suffering. However this is exactly when God can seem the closest.

It is in these places where Jesus invites us to come to the water, rest a while and let Him guide us through the valley. All we need to do is accept His free invitation.

“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. – Isaiah 55:1

May you come to know that in the midst of your trials and suffering that Jesus is there, closer to you than your own breath. May you know that Jesus sees and counts each of your tears. May you know that it was for those tears He died and rose again.

For Those Tears I Died

You said you’d come and share all my sorrows
You said you’d be there for all my tomorrows
I came so close to sending you away
But just like you promised, you came here to stayhttps://i0.wp.com/www.awwand.org/images/waterhands.jpg
I just had to pray

And Jesus said,
Come to the water, stand by my side
I know you are thirsty, you won’t be denied
I felt every tear drop, when in darkness you cried
And I strove to remind you, It’s for those tears I died

Your goodness so great, I can’t understand it
And dear Lord I know now that all this was planned
I know You’re here now and always will be
Your love loosened my chains, and in You I’m free
But Jesus why me?

Jesus I give You, my heart and my soul
I know now without God, I’ll never be whole
Savior, You opened all the right doors
And I thank You and praise You from earth’s humble shores
Take me I’m Yours!

Words and Music by Marsha J. and Russ Stevens

 

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