“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. In the Greek, “Jesus wept” has a meaning 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. He told His disciples that Lazarus was only sleeping and that He must go wake him up. 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 and hardness of heart toward 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. They had already seen many of His miracles and yet still their heart was hard. His dear friends Mary and Martha still did not believe; even though they had seen Him perform many miracles.
Grief can blind you from seeing clearly. He had just told them, “I’ve come to raise Him from the dead!” Why did they not believe His words? Would it take one more miracle? They believed He was Messiah, but still were unsure of the fullness of what that meant. He was not there to set up a political kingdom. He was there to save His people. He was and is Lord over all things, including death. But how many times did He or does He have to prove His Lordship?
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,” (Ps 106:24).
You have to see past your circumstances. Faith transcends our reality. The God who was raised from the dead can surely raise all dead things to life by speaking the words, “Lazarus come forth”. Soften your heart and let Him examine you of any unbelief. This next season is going to take a firm trust and reliance on Him and His ability to provide for His people. Root out any unbelief now and know this: He brings dead things to life. Just ask Ezekiel of God’s power to restore the dead, dry bones.
“The hand of the Lord came upon me and brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones. Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” So I answered, “O Lord God, You know.” Again He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! Thus says the Lord God to these bones: “Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live. I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you; and you shall live. Then you shall know that I am the Lord.” ’ ”” Ezekiel 37:1-6
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