“JESUS WEPT.” John 11:35 This is the shortest verse in the Bible, although it is much longer and more complicated in the original language. There’s much speculation over why Jesus wept. The Greek records that He “groaned” in His spirit. In this “groaning” there’s a mixture of grief and profound anger. Could it be He was groaning and weeping over the effects of sin?
The Bible records that the people said He wept because He loved Lazarus, yet that would make no sense. He was there to raise him from the dead. He knew what He would do. Was it compassion for Mary and Martha’s grief? He did not weep for the mother of the son who had died and He raised to life. Perhaps there’s another interpretation. The Bible records in Luke and in Matthew that Jesus wept over Jerusalem because they “did not know the time of their visitation”.
Time and time again in Scripture, Jesus was grieved and angered over the Jews unbelief in Him, even the apostles struggled with believing His Word. It was for the Jewish people, His own, that He came to reconcile back to the Father and they rejected Him. He said it would be more tolerable for Sodom then for the city that rejected Him. I submit to you that Jesus wept over the city’s unbelief, even His dear friends Mary and Martha still did not believe; even though they had seen Him perform many miracles. He just said, “I’ve come to raise Him from the dead!” Why did they not believe His Words? Would it take one more miracle?
I guess the question is how many miracles does it take before you will actually believe that He is who He says He is and that He will do what He said He would do? When will you just take Him at His Word? You believe in God, you do well; but will you believe His Word? It was said of the rebellious Exodus generation,“Then they despised the pleasant land; They did not believe His word,” Psalms 106:24 NKJV#runyourrace
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