When Lazarus died, Jesus went to Bethany. Martha got here out to fulfill Him, and later her sister Mary. These two ladies have been grieving the demise of their dearly liked brother.
When Jesus noticed her [Mary] weeping, and the Jews who had come together with her additionally weeping, he was deeply moved in his spirit and drastically troubled. And he stated, “The place have you ever laid him?” They stated to him, “Lord, come and see.” Jesus wept. (John 11:33–35)
Why did Jesus weep if He knew that in 5 minutes He would increase Lazarus from the lifeless?
He informed Martha, “Your brother will rise once more” (11:23) however He didn’t say to Martha, “Don’t grieve.” He’s the Resurrection and the Life, however He weeps with Martha and Mary over their loss. Jesus wept!
He Is aware of Your Tears
God is at all times intimately concerned within the grief of His folks. There’s a lovely verse within the e-book of Psalms that speaks of God gathering all our tears in a bottle:
You may have saved rely of my tossings;
put my tears in your bottle.
Are they not in your e-book? (Psalm 56:8)
Each tear you will have ever shed is totally recognized to your heavenly Father. Not one in all them is ever forgotten. The tears of God’s youngsters are treasured to Him. They’re a part of why He despatched His Son into the world.
There are numerous fantastic statements within the Bible of why Jesus Christ got here into the world. In one in all them the Messiah says, “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, as a result of the Lord has anointed me to… bind up the brokenhearted… to consolation all who mourn… that they could be known as oaks of righteousness” (Isaiah 61:1-3), so that you just might be able to stand and never be destroyed in your grief.
Carry Your Ache to Him
Our Lord was a person of sorrows and acquainted with grief (Isaiah 53:3). Within the Backyard of Gethsemane, our Lord stated, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow” (Matthew 26:38 NIV). When your soul is overwhelmed with sorrow, your Savior has been there. You may have a Savior who is aware of what it’s to weep.
You even have a Savior with Whom you’ll be able to speak. There’s a nice gulf between this world and the subsequent. You can’t speak to the one you love who has died. But when the one you love was in Christ, she or he is with the Savior, and you may speak to the Savior about the one you love who’s now in His home. You may inform the Savior how a lot you miss them and the way a lot you like them. You may convey the ache of your loss to this Savior Who’s accustomed to sorrow and grief.
In the future Christ will wipe away all tears out of your eyes. Actually, the Bible says He’ll wipe all tears “out of” our eyes (see Revelation 21:4), as if He would take away not solely the tears, however the tear-ducts themselves (within the resurrection physique), as a result of they’d now not be wanted. It’s not solely the tears that God will take away, but additionally the sorrow and loss that gave rise to them. Lord, hasten that day!
That day has not but come, and till then, there will probably be tears. However there’s additionally the Man of Sorrows, acquainted with grief, who says within the e-book of Lamentations, “See if there’s any sorrow like my sorrow” (Lamentations 1:12). He plumbed the depths of sorrow when He suffered on the cross. And nobody is extra prepared or extra in a position to stroll with you thru the valley of grief, sorrow, and loss than Jesus Christ.
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