Jesus wept.

One verse that virtually every child knows outside of John 3:16, is John 11:35. For one simple reason, its the shortest verse in the bible. These 2 words, Jesus wept. pack a tremendous theological wallop. Why did Jesus weep? In the context the brother of his friend Lazarus had died and she lay at his feet sobbing and in anguish over her brother. The text says that Jesus was “deeply moved in His spirit and greatly troubled.” He then asked to see the tomb where Lazarus lay. When he saw Lazarus, we hear these tremendous words, “Jesus wept.”

Why do these words have such meaning? We have all lost someone dear to us at some point or another, and we see the God of the universe who has taken on human flesh (John 1:1, 14) is weeping over the loss of someone close to Him. Jesus knows what we have gone through, what we are facing and what will be facing us in the future. He longs for us to bring our cares, our struggles, and our sorrows before Him in prayer.

Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with boldness draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:14-16