Testimony Tuesdays: April 30, 2013

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This week I’ve been reading a book I’m reviewing- When Jesus Wept. It is a fictional account of the relationship between Jesus and Lazarus. There are two times specifically mentioned in the Bible that Jesus wept. The authors of this book include both of those in the story. And so, I really thought about the question- Why did Jesus weep?

The Bible records that Jesus wept at the death of his friend Lazarus- John 11-33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. 34 “Where have you laid him?” he asked.

“Come and see, Lord,” they replied.
35 Jesus wept.
36 Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”

Jesus also wept upon His triumphal entry to Jerusalem. Luke 19-41 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it 42 and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. 43 The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. 44 They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.”

And I wondered why Jesus wept. When Jesus arrived at Lazarus’s grave everyone around Him was sad. They were mourning the loss of a brother, a friend. But Jesus knew what was going to happen. He knew the end of the story. He knew that He could raise Lazarus from the dead. But He wept anyway.

When Jesus came into Jerusalem He also wept. Again I wondered why. He new the end of this story also. He did know that very bad things were coming: pain and betrayal for Him. But He knew that after three days He would rise again. He knew many would come to believe in Him. So why did He weep.

I cannot claim to know the mind of Christ. But I think Jesus wept out of compassion. There are many times in the Bible that we read of Jesus’s compassion for us.

Ezekiel 34: 12 As a shepherd cares for his herd in the day when he is among his scattered sheep, so I will care for My sheep and will deliver them from all the places to which they were scattered on a cloudy and gloomy day.

1 Peter 5: 7 casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. 

Deut. 30:So it shall be when all of these things have come upon you, the blessing and the curse which I have set before you, and you call them to mind in all nations where the Lord your God has banished you, 2 and you return to the Lord your God and obey Him with all your heart and soul according to all that I command you today, you and your sons, 3 then the Lord your God will restore you from captivity, and have compassion on you, and will gather you again from all the peoples where the Lord your God has scattered you.

2 Chron. 30:9 For if you return to the Lord, your brothers and your sons will find compassion before those who led them captive and will return to this land. For the Lord your God is gracious and compassionate, and will not turn His face away from you if you return to Him.

I think Jesus wept out of compassion. He wept because Lazarus’s friends and family were grieving and He felt compassion. He wept because He knew what would befall the people of Jerusalem after they betrayed Him.

And I was reminded that Jesus has compassion for me too. When I am grieving, He has compassion. When I am facing trials, Jesus has compassion. I can be comforted because I know He has compassion on me.

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