32 When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” 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!”
Earlier in this passage Jesus made it clear to his disciples that he was going to raise Lazarus from the dead saying in John 11:11 “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up.” Also in John 11:14 “Lazarus is dead, and for your sake I am glad I was not here, so you may believe.” Jesus was confident that he was going to work an amazing miracle before his disciples that would strengthen their faith. He had no reason to cry for Lazarus because he knew he would live again.
So why did Jesus cry? The tears that Jesus shed were for the pain and sorrow he felt in Mary and those who were with her. They didn’t know what Jesus was going to do. They thought they had lost Lazarus forever and they were all weeping from the depths of their soul. Jesus loved them and when he felt their broken hearts, He cried with them. Jesus’ tears were evidence of his humanity and his ability to feel our pain with us.
Sometimes all we can do to help someone is listen and be present with them in their pain. Words are not sufficient. Our tears may be all we have to give. As Jesus cried with Mary and her friends, He is present with us in our sorrow and cries with us too.
Rev. Susan Walker is the pastor of Emanuel Reformed Church www.emanuelreformedchurch.com and she can be reached at 828-962-8196 or email@example.com.
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