Do you feel alone when you weep, as if no one understands the depth of your grief? What if I told you someone does? Would you believe me?
As I knelt by the graveside of yet another person I loved gone in 2017 the tears welled up. Teardrops fell one by one on to the grass where I knelt to pray. As I looked up at the beauty surrounding me, a familiar verse came to mind, one which had brought me much comfort in times of pain.Jesus wept. John 11:35
It is one of the shortest verses in the Bible yet so profound and comforting. A scripture which speaks volumes of Jesus’s love for every one of us.
However, it didn’t always bring me comfort. At first, I was confused by the actions of Jesus. It left me with many unanswered questions.
As we pick up the story in John 11:17 – Jesus has arrived to find his dear friend has passed away. Martha (Lazarus sister) greets him and informs him Lazarus has been dead in the tomb for four days.
Jesus doesn’t skip a beat in letting her know, “your brother will arise again.” Martha seems to understand and finds comfort in knowing her brother will arise but believes Jesus is talking about the day of resurrection.
However, Jesus has something else in mind.
When Mary arrives, she states the obvious, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” She then began weeping.
Now, this is the part at first which seems strange to me. Jesus wept. It made no sense because he knew Lazurus would not remain dead.
So why weep? It just didn’t make ………….
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