John 11:32-33,35

Now when Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet, saying to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled. Jesus wept. (John 11:32-33, 35)
When was the last time you cried? Like really sobbed? Not just a couple tears, but the ‘ugly cry’ type of cry. Sometimes we are so inexplicably happy that we cry like this, but most of the time, this comes from a place of sadness, of hurt, of longing for something other than the reality being faced.

This is the place we come to in John 11, and it is so very powerful.  Jesus feels the weight of losing a loved one. Jesus feels the pain of seeing others’ sadness, He feels sadness himself, and he weeps. When Jesus cried and when we cry, it’s a physical recognition that things are not the way they are supposed to be. That the effects of sin are rippling across each generation and ultimately end in death. We see the brokenness in this world and realize it’s a reflection of the brokenness within us. Crying acknowledges this.

Yet amidst the tears and brokenness, take heart that Jesus is working. Take heart in the work that Jesus has already done. In this passage, Jesus ends up raising this man, Lazarus, from the dead, and in this act, that he demonstrates he has the power over death and power over the penalty of our sin. Death can’t compete with the life Jesus offers. So be encouraged by the gospel today. Jesus’ death and resurrection are the way to new life and reconciliation.

And we know the end. We know Jesus returns and wipes away every tear, but we aren’t there yet. Reconciliation seems far off and seems almost foreign. Here is the beauty in this passage: Jesus wept even though he had planned all along to raise his friend from the grave. He knew what was going to happen, yet that didn’t stop him from being present in the moment of pain.

For us today, let’s be present. Be present with those who are hurting. Weep with those who weep. Mourn with those who mourn. And at the same time, let’s keep reminding ourselves of the end of the story and the glorious hope that we have in Christ Jesus.
Garrett Crown | Student Ministries Associate

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