John 11:35: "Jesus Wept "
Its the shortest line in the Bible, but man, those two words say so much to me. Especially because, I've admitted before - I'm such a crier! I cry when I am happy when I laugh so hard that my eyes just well up with tears. I also cry when something is so sweet that it just touches my heart. The kids in the youth can say or do things that just make me tear up in a heart beat because its just so darn cute! I cry when I'm angry & so mad that I want to throw my fist through a wall - but that's not very lady like, so instead, I'll just cry! Angry tears aren't fun! And then of course, I cry when my heart is broke over something that is just so sad or when my feelings get hurt, or when life's burdens just wear me down. My name is Rebecca - & I am a crier!
But how comforting to see that Jesus had those same emotions. I think sometimes we think of him as such a SUPERMAN - which He is - but we forget he was also human & had the same emotions!
Look at the lines before the famous two word line:
"When Mary reached the place where Jesus was & saw him, she feel at his feet & said, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died." When Jesus saw her weeping & the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit & troubled." - John 11:32-33
How many times in our lives do we fall at Jesus feet in sadness & yell the same thing? "Lord - if you had been here!" - we feel like we get lost or don't feel his presence when bad things happen sometimes - don't we? But look at how Jesus felt when he saw her despair. He was deeply moved in spirit & troubled!
And then Jesus wept.
He weeps along with us when we are hurt - He wants us to know He's there with us always, through every turmoil in our lives. He hurts when we hurt. And through it all, He loves us!
OK - I'm ready to cry now myself....happy tears!