Weeping, crying, squalling, verklempt, tear jerker, snotted up…. What word do you use to describe when you are overcome by emotions and tears start to fall from your eyes?
I thought about myself and how sometimes a good ole cry can just kind of re shift things into place. I also thought of the times I really wept for a season during extreme grief over the loss of someone I love.
I even thought about how we can cry sometimes for no known reason at all.
Some people are easy to cry and some people cry all the time, while some people rarely cry.
I think things have come a long way from people viewing crying as weakness. We can empathize and connect with someone who genuinely shows emotions and we can spot a fake pretty easy too. We even judge the validity of someone’s story at times by the lack of tears shown.
( I was thinking of those Dateline mysteries when they show no tears. My family loves a good murder mystery and we are usually right on based on lack of tears)
But the other day I was reading John 11 when I came to the shortest scripture verse “Jesus wept. ” ~ John 11:35.
I wondered what was Jesus thinking when He was overcome with emotion to the point of weeping?
Why did He weep? Why was it important to record this short little verse?
Did He weep because of His great love for Lazarus? Did He weep because He was 4 days late and they had already given up hope in Jesus and put Lazarus in the tomb; with a stone rolled in front? Did He weep because they doubted His ability ? Did He weep because they did not believe He was the Son of God, the one the Father sent? The Great I am? Did He weep because He was overcome with the Presence of God working through Him about to perform one of the greatest miracles ever recorded?
It doesn’t really say why He wept, Just Jesus wept.
So I pondered over this a little while longer and I think possibly He was overcome with all those emotions and feelings is why He wept.
But wow-I then read what happens next …
just 5 verses down the Bible says:
Then Jesus said to her, “Remember what I told you? I said that if you believed, you would see God’s divine greatness.” So they moved the stone away from the entrance. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you heard me. I know that you always hear me. But I said these things because of the people here around me. I want them to believe that you sent me.” After Jesus said this he called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out. His hands and feet were wrapped with pieces of cloth. He had a handkerchief covering his face. Jesus said to the people, “Take off the cloth and let him go.” (John 11:40-44 ERV)
I usually need a Benadryl and a nap after I cry. I can also linger with my sad squalled up self for at least a day or so feeling sorry for myself, and if it was a good tear jerker that got me good and snotted up, well you might as well count me out the rest of the day.
But Not Jesus,
Did you catch this-
Jesus wept, then He reminds the crowd of His promise if they believe they will see the Glory of God, God’s Divine Greatness! He gives Thanks to the Father not just because the Father hears but so all the bystanders will know He is the Son of God that the Father sent. Then Jesus
performs the miracle of resurrecting Lazarus from the grave by a simple command of Come Out!
I am still curled up with my nose looking like Rudolph and trying to catch my breath, but I read here what all Jesus did after He wept. Wow!
I so appreciate God unwrapping these verses for me. It helps me to see that Jesus was all man and felt the same emotions we do and that He too does weep, But what I really love is we don’t have to squall like a heathen with no hope. We could learn a lot from these verses and Jesus.
When you feel like it is hopeless, too late, that no one is supporting or believing in you, you can weep, get that cry out, but remember to keep going. Clear your mind and re shift yourself and declare the promises of God over your situation, Always Thanking God for hearing us. Show others God’s Divine Greatness!
and most importantly let us dry those tears and get busy doing the Fathers business.
And if that doesn’t work for you, try this awesome Promise:
Weeping may endure for the night, but Joy comes in the morning! -Psalm 30:5
Be Encouraged! Joy is coming!