John 11:35 (NIV)
35 Jesus wept.
Lazarus died; Jesus wept. He’s was about to raise him from the dead, but I imagine his heart was broken that his friend had suffered from some illness to the point of death. He had seen Lazarus’ sister weeping already. He was strong, he didn’t cry, he comforted them. Then it hits him. This really happened.
When I was young, I was culturally indoctrinated that big boys don’t cry. Then I came across this verse. “Jesus wept.” – John 11:35 So short, I could memorize it. A few years later the “What Would Jesus Do?” movement would hit our town. So, being a ornery teenager, growing up in the Bible Belt, my answer to “WWJD?”, was, “He’d turn water into wine and drink it, and later, he’d cry.”
As a I got older, it would actually mean more to me that Jesus wept. It meant he was fully human. Think of the gods of the Greek or Roman civilizations. They didn’t cry, they got angry and they got even. Our God is different. Our God isn’t just sympathetic to our needs once in a while. God understands what it’s like to be one of us. Jesus shed tears means God knows what’s it’s like. It hurts when a friend dies.
Yesterday in worship, we celebrated All Saints Day. A few tears were shed. They voiced the love still in our hearts for those who are now with our Saviour. We cried, and it was good. It was necessary. And it was what Jesus would have done. I find that comforting.
Having a good day? God knows what that is like. Having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day? God knows what that is like too.
Prayer: Lord, celebrate with us on good days, cry with us on difficult days, love us everyday. Amen.