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Christ Weeps for Our Sins

John 11:35

“Jesus wept”

                This week is a real easy one because it’s the shortest verse in the whole Bible.  It’s two words and has only three syllables.  However, even though it might be small, it contains a lot of Biblical truth in it.  This verse shows the heart of Christ for His people.  This is one of two verses that talk of Christ weeping.  Both of these verses happen to take place on the Mount of Olives, which is opposite of Jerusalem.  This particular verse is found in the story of Lazarus as Christ is weeping over his grave.  The other one is in Luke 19:41 where Christ is on the western slope on Palm Sunday weeping over the sins of the people.  I can‘t help but wonder if this was an instance of the humanity of Jesus reacting to His divine knowledge of what was going to happen and, because of that, He wept.  The tears of a person speak volumes to everyone around and bring a sensitivity to any situation.

                In John 11:35 we see Jesus coming to the graveside of Lazarus.  In one single simple verse we learn that He wept.  One must ponder what He was weeping for because He already knew that He would raise Lazarus from the dead.  In fact, we read of that a few verses later.  So why then is Christ weeping?  Well from looking at His ministry we can see that He was weeping with the family.  Jesus weeps with us over our sorrows.  This great God is touched by our own hurts and broken hearts.

                Tears have a language all their own.  They speak much louder than words.  They need no interpreter.  The psalmist says that God keeps our tears in a bottle (Psalm 56:8).  It is okay to cry.  We serve a Lord who weeps with us over our sorrows and who is touched by our broken hearts.

A Servant of Christ,

Nathan VanderBoegh

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