“So…Lazarus died and Jesus raised him from the dead, but before he raised him from the dead, Jesus cried. Why did Jesus cry if he knew he was going to raise Lazarus from the dead?”

This question came from a student this morning at ACT club. There was so much commotion that I barely got to answer it. I was using my Jesus was human signs and we were talking about each one and which ones we relate to, etc.

I’ll probably have to answer this question again on Sunday night when I gather with my youth group and we talk about Lazarus as we continue our walk through John’s Gospel.

It’s interesting, isn’t it? That Jesus took the time to mourn with his friends before bringing Lazarus back to life? I think it is.

“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. When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her were also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and also troubled. “Where have you laid him?” he asked. “Come and see, Lord,” they replied. Jesus wept.” John 11:32-35

“Well,” I said to the student, “I suppose Jesus was moved more for his friends who were grieving than for Lazarus. Have you ever felt so bad for a friend that you’ve been moved to tears?” I asked the room. The answer all around was “yes.” It’s a universal truth of friendship. When a friend is going through a hard time, if you are true friend, you go through a hard time, too.

It’s comforting to know that while I weep for and with my friends, Jesus wept for his, too.

2 thoughts on “Weeping”

  1. That is an interesting take on that scripture.I've also heard messages where it was talking about how Jesus wept because of their lack of faith. It saddened him that they knew him but still questioned him and doubted him. Just another viewpoint, I suppose.

  2. I think all suggestions are possible because there is no clear explanation. I have also heard it said that Jesus was entering into intercession for Lazarus. The human nature of God is such a mystery!!! So many unanswered questions. Can't wait to behold Him!

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