Wit 'n Wisdom of Janice LaQuiere

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Tears in the eyes of Jesus

When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled, And said, Where have ye laid him?

They said unto him, Lord, come and see. Jesus wept.

Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him!

And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died? Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it.

Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.

Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?

John 11:33-40

It doesn't say why Jesus wept. We know Jesus understood death, and He also knew that Lazarus would come alive at His command. In the context, it's reasonably to assume that Jesus was troubled by the unbelief of those around Him.

If he wept at their unbelief, does He also weep when he sees our unbelief?


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