The Significance Of The Shortest Verse I Ever Memorized “Jesus Wept” – John 11:30-57
From my reading in John 11:30-57 in the One Year New Testament.
Sometimes the shortest phrases are most powerful.
Jesus was visiting his dear friends whose brother had just died. He was so moved with compassion that…
“Jesus wept.” John 11:35
Jesus felt what they felt.
In this moment Jesus shared his humanity in a touching way. He was not immune to human emotions. He exhibited the full range of emotions of anger, love, and sorrow in a perfect way. Even those around him recognized his compassion.
“Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” John 11:36
Jesus loved Lazarus, Mary, and Martha like his brother and sisters.
When someone is going through a hard time we should follow Christ’s example and seek to understand their pain. Before Paul even wrote it Jesus was followed the command,
“Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.” Romans 12:15
Sharing pain is powerful.
It lessens the the pain to know that someone is sharing in your suffering. Jesus came down to earth and can sympathize with our pain, no matter what it is. He experience ever form of suffering and every tempation.
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s 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
Jesus faced the same broken world that we face every day yet didn’t sin.
Because Jesus can empathize with every struggle we go through we can run to him with confidence. We can be assured that he will give us mercy and grace when we need it if we receive his gift of salvation.
Not only did Jesus cry with us, he died for us.
His perfect life was not merely an example to follow. He lived a perfect life so that he could trade his perfect life for our sin on the cross. Because of Christ’s death and resurrection someday we can go to a place where…
“…He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain…” Revelation 21:4
When Jesus was on earth he cried with us and died for us.
When we get to heaven Jesus will wipe away every tear from our eyes and there will be no more death, mourning, crying or pain.