Across the Preacher’s Desk: Jesus Wept

September 29, 2022 - Have you ever been in a Bible Class, one where you are asked to quote a scripture, and someone invariably quotes John 11:35. “Jesus Wept”? They laugh, others laugh because they have been so clever as to quote the shortest verse in the Bible.

Yet, have we ever stopped to ponder the depths of that beautiful passage? That passage shows the humanity of my Lord. It shows His compassion. It is because of that the writer of Hebrews would say of Jesus, “he was in all points tempted like as we are” (KJV). I like the way “The Message” puts that passage, “We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all – all but sin.”

Because Jesus became flesh and lived as we live, He has experienced all the highs and lows of life that you and I do, and He understands when our hearts are heavy and sorrowful.

You see, there is another short verse in the First letter Paul wrote to the church at Thessalonica. In chapter 5 and verse 16 we read, “Rejoice evermore.” Have you ever thought about the relationship between those two verses of only two words?

Because Jesus wept, we can rejoice evermore. Because Jesus lived as a man and bore our sorrows and carried our grief, we can rejoice evermore in Heaven when this life is over. Had Jesus not wept, Paul could have never written “Rejoice evermore.”

It’s something to think about... tbp

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