Jesus wept. John 11:35 NIV
I cried last week. Sobbed. It’s the hard part of being a parent. When your children hurt, you hurt. I listened as my son shared tidbits of his loss. My heart just ached and my motherly instinct was to hop a plane and make my way across country to comfort him. But no matter how fast I could get there, the damage was done and he suffered.
I’ve cried a lot in the last couple of years. I mourned moving away from the church where I was raised. Cried with my children as they suffered their own losses. Shed tears when a friend and I didn’t see eye-to-eye. Wept as I’ve watched some of my family struggle with the same pain I once felt. Regardless of what I could do, I couldn’t change the outcomes.
Jesus was told Lazarus, his dear friend, was dying yet He didn’t seem worried. “This illness will not end in death.” Instead of leaving when He heard the news, Jesus tarried, finished what He was doing. When he arrived at Lazarus’ home, Mary confronted Him. “If you would’ve come sooner…”
At that moment, Jesus was overcome with the pure, deep emotion of grief. He felt the depth of Mary’s sadness and He experienced His own loss…the death of His dear friend. Even though Jesus knew this would not be the ultimate end for Lazarus, the circumstance of life happened and Lazarus died anyway. Jesus was brokenhearted and He wept.
I don’t know the future nor can I pretend to know what to expect. Despite all I can or would do, life still happens. The best I could attempt, is to empathize with those I love who suffer. I can wrap my arms around them and weep with them.
I find it somewhat profound that God, in His human flesh, would want to feel the ache of Mary’s loss, yet He did. In His deep love, not only did He feel her pain, but He felt the sting of loss Himself. Isn’t that amazing? Jesus, God incarnate…wept from grief.
The life of Jesus sometimes seems so intangible to us, yet with this peek into His life we are allowed a tiny glimpse of the amazing desire for God to know us, love us, and care for us on every level.
Our God and Father is amazing. When you are overtaken by the hits life delves out, take a deep breath. Trust in the fact that for a moment, Christ too, weeps in your loss, then works to heal your broken heart.
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