I’ve been reading a weekly devotional book called The Joshua Code by O.S. Hawkins. It’s a little gem of a book. There are 52 short chapters. Each one focuses on one of 52 verses every Christian should know.
This weeks verse is John 11.35, “Jesus wept.” The shortest verse in the Bible and certainly an easy one to memorize.
Hawkins points out that there are two references to Jesus weeping. Here in John 11 Jesus is approaching Lazarus’s tomb. When he sees Mary and Martha’s grief, He weeps with them. He didn’t weep because of His friend’s death. He knew Lazurus would soon be restored to life. He wept because of the sisters’ sorrow.
In Luke 19 we find the other reference to Jesus weeping. It was Palm Sunday and Jesus was nearing Jerusalem. Verses 41-44:
41 Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it, 42 saying, “If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. 43 For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side, 44 and level you, and your children within you, to the ground; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”
He wept because they had rejected truth.
He wept because they didn’t recognize their Messiah.
Jesus weeps over our sorrow and suffering. He also weeps over our sin, blindness, hardness of heart, and rejection of the Gospel.
When He weeps for you, is He crying with you or for you?
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