Why Jesus Wept?

 

John 11 : 1 – 44

Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. It was that Mary who anointed the Lord with fragrant oil and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick. Therefore the sisters sent to Him, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.” When Jesus heard that, He said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God
may be glorified through it.” Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So, when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was. Then after this He said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.” The disciples said to Him, “Rabbi, lately the Jews sought to stone You, and are You going there again?” Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If
anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. But if one walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.” These things He said, and after that He said to them, “Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up.” Then His disciples said, “Lord, if he sleeps he will get well.” However, Jesus spoke of his death, but they thought that He was speaking about taking rest in sleep. Then Jesus said to them plainly, “Lazarus is dead. And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe. Nevertheless let us go to him.” Then Thomas, who is called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with Him.” So when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the tomb four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles away. And many of the Jews had joined the women around Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother. Now Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him, but Mary was sitting in the house. Now Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the
Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.” And when she had said these things, she went her way and secretly called Mary her sister, saying, “The Teacher has come and is calling for you.” As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly and came to Him. Now Jesus had not yet come into the town, but was in the place where Martha met Him. Then the Jews who were with her in the house,
and comforting her, when they saw that Mary rose up quickly and went out, followed her, saying, “She is going to the tomb to weep there.” Then, when Mary came where Jesus was, and saw Him, she fell down at His feet, saying to Him, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.” Therefore, when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled. And He said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to Him, “Lord, come and see.” Jesus wept. Then the Jews said, “See how He loved him!” And some of them said, “Could not this Man, who opened the eyes of the blind, also have kept this man from dying?” Then Jesus, again groaning in Himself, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it.  Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.” Jesus said to
her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.” Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with grave clothes, and his
face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.”

The Lord’s coming to Bethany was delayed for a purpose. So, that people will behold the glory of God. Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.” It means if You have been here earlier, perhaps five days ago before he died, You would have prayed for him and he would have been healed. Very often we limit God, all of us at one time or another, there’s a propensity to do that. We have to remind ourselves not to put God in the box. Nothing is impossible as far as He’s concerned, if we believe! To keep the believing switched on , it’s a struggle sometimes. Unless we have the habit of reading God’s Word and incubate God’s Word in our heart, meditate the Word of God as a matter of habit. We do it every day, then we’ll find that faith will be natural. But when our eyes are on circumstances, we tend to fear, tend to be worried, we tend to let unbelief to come into our heart. Remember, Martha and Mary, they had Jesus visited their home very often. They heard directly from Jesus’ lips. And so they believed in Christ and His supernatural power and yet they limited Him. Martha was saying “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.” (verse 21). And then in verse 22, she’s kind of switch to believing mode again by saying, “But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.” Now we would say that she thought that Jesus could raise him from the dead. Isn’t it so? Then verse 23, Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Very clear isn’t it? Now verse 24, Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” Here we see human’s natural propensity, we either relegate the supernatural power of God to the past (many people talk about the good old days of the book of Acts. Look at how the disciples did the miracles, only in the past.) or we would relegate the supernatural to the future (verse 24,…at the last day.. i.e. sometime in the future). So, we miss out on the present. And this is the propensity, isn’t it? Even when we are talking about a full life.

Jesus said: I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly (John 10:10).

To have an abundant life when we are still improving our lot and working our way up, we want to have an abundant life. But, look around you, people work very hard to have an abundant life, they work, get married, having kids, enjoy life….and forget to enjoy the presence of God. And we are all like that. We should give time for different aspect of area of our life. But few people are like that. People are too busy with their life, stressed out, and forget to enjoy their abundant life. When it comes to miracles, it’s the same thing. We always think about the past or sometime in future. So, Martha first said, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died…back to history, in other word, if You would have come earlier, miracle would have happened. So, it’s too late. And then she contradicted herself by saying, “But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” In other word, she said, “I know You can raise him up, but in future.”

And then Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.” (John 11:21-26).

Amazingly Moses after giving up his political ambition, he tried to deliver his people by his own strength, then the entire things boomeranged at him and he had to flee because Pharaoh was after him. He was in the wilderness for 40 years. Then in the burning bush, God spoke to him and called him to be the deliverer of His people from Egypt. But in the conversation Moses said to God,

“Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ what shall I say to them?” (Exodus 3:13).

Moses was asking God, “What do I say, who am I representing, if my people ask me, who is this God you are talking about, what is His name?” I’ll be stuck if You don’t even have a name!

And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” Moreover God said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel: ‘The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My name forever, and this is My memorial to all generations.’ (Exodus 3:14-15).

God said, I have a name, “I AM”. What kind of name is that? “I AM”, it’s a name where you can fill in the blank. “I AM… your Saviour, I AM… your Deliverer, I AM… your Healer, I AM…your Shepherd, I AM… your Provider.

Jesus came and He said, “I AM the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me (John 14:6).

If I say, “I AM going.” In English grammar, what tense is it? It’s not a past tense, not a future tense, it’s a present continuous tense because I talk about an event that is actually happening now. And that is significant that God is in present continuous tense. “I AM the resurrection, I AM the life.” All are present continuous. When you say, “Lord, You are my Saviour”, you’ll have the echo in your heart…”Yes, I AM your Saviour!” When you say, “Lord, you are my Healer”, you’ll have the echo in your heart…”Yes, I AM your Healer!” So, when Martha tried to relegate the supernatural of Jesus to the past and to the future,

Jesus said “I AM the resurrection, I AM the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.” (John 11:25-26).

Powerful isn’t it? If we don’t know the Lord, we might not know what is coming, but it’s not such a good news. Any man who lives in this earth and is not attached to the source of life, can only live a life span on earth. When it expires, no eternal life for them. No more life. Unless that man is attached to the source of life and receive total
forgiveness. Because there’s no other forgiveness except from Jesus. No name given among men under heaven whereby he can be saved except the Name of Jesus Christ! No other religion who have the saviour who has to come down and pay the price for our sins. All dead people will be risen and stand before the Lord and questioned, “Have you received the pardon I’ve offered you?”

“He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.” (John 11:26).

Why you will never die? Resurrection day is for everyone, Christian and non Christian. But Christian’s real person will pass into Heaven.

That’s why Jesus said, “In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. (John 14:2).

So, Christian just change their address when they die. That’s the meaning of John 11:26.

And then Jesus asked, “Do you believe this?” She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.” And when she had said these things, she went her way and secretly called Mary her sister, saying, “The Teacher has come and is calling for you.” As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly and came to Him. Now Jesus had not yet come into the town, but was in the place where Martha met Him. Then the Jews who were with her in the house, and comforting her, when they saw that Mary rose up quickly and went out, followed her, saying, “She is going to the tomb to weep there.” Then, when Mary came where Jesus was, and saw Him, she fell down at His feet, saying to Him, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.” (John 11:26-32).

Same as Martha, Mary said the same thing to Jesus.

Therefore, when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled (John 11:33).

Jesus came down to earth as a man, He was a human like us, weep because of sorrow. Jesus wept. (John 11:35) – the shortest verse in the Bible. Why did Jesus weep? Some people say, He loved and missed Lazarus so much. Remember, even
as a man, He knew what happened to Lazarus.

Paul the apostle said, to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8).

Jesus was not weeping for Lazarus. When a Christian dies, people cry and feel sorry for the person. But if they could tear the curtain and see his spirit being with Jesus, he will even feel sorry for them! Because there’s absolutely no pain, no sorrow in heaven!

Paul also said, “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:21).

Why gain? Because up there all bliss! In fact when Jesus brought Lazarus back to life, it’s a bad news for Lazarus. Tradition say that day when Lazarus stepped out from the tomb, he never smiles. Because he compared the glory of Heaven to this earth. We don’t understand how bright heaven is. Earth is a sad place.

So, Jesus wasn’t crying because of Lazarus. There are two reasons why Jesus wept.

1. His humanity felt the deep sorrow with all those people who were grieving. He felt it. If only they could see what He saw, that Lazarus was very comfortable up there in heaven, but they couldn’t. Because they grieved so deeply, Christ was moved.

2. His divinity was grieving because they can’t take Him at His word.
Do you know how it hurt Christ when we don’t believe Him? Many of us believe that He is a Saviour. That’s why we are saved. But many Christian find it very hard to believe Him as a Healer and Deliverer. You see both Martha and Mary believe Him as Messiah the Saviour. They are saved indeed. But they couldn’t believe that He could do that kind of supernatural acts! And that grieved Jesus Christ. So, having said that I AM the resurrection, do you believe that your brother will rise again? He meant it at that time. He didn’t relegate the supernatural to the past nor to the future, but to here and now! So, Jesus wept.

Then the Jews said, “See how He loved him!” And some of them said, “Could not this Man, who opened the eyes of the blind, also have kept this man from dying?” (John 11:36-37).

The same train of thought.

Then Jesus, again groaning in Himself, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.” (John 11:38-39).

Martha who was just said, “But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You”, but she didn’t really believe it.

Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.” (John 11:40-42).

This is a good prayer. “Father, before I open my mouth, You know what I am going to say, but I’m going to say it just the same. And You always hear me.” What a good way to start a prayer, to remind ourselves even a little whisper of prayer, the Father hears it. And whether you feel good or not, you can feel really discouraged, but He hears you. Sometimes we think when we are in the good mood, when we pray, God will hear. But when we feel low, discouraged and depressed, God is not hearing us. We don’t go by feeling, but we go by the word of God.

Verse 42, …but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.” Jesus could just look into the grave and a whisper of a prayer in His heart, Lazarus would rise. But for the sake of the people He said it so that they know and they would believe.

Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with grave clothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.” (John 11:43-44).

Poor Lazarus…

Noticed from the point when Jesus wept and told them, “I AM the resurrection and the life”, from that point onwards, everything He said and did was to register a point that we should believe a miracle NOW!. That’s the point. If we really believe in Jesus Christ, when we pray for healing, we believe Him now. Even if the symptoms are still there, we believe…”Lord, You have done something already. I’m waiting for the full manifestation of my miracle, but I believe now.” If you have problems at home or at work, if you pray now, you believe that something is happening now. Believe that God is arranging people, circumstances, and events to your favour. It’s happening now! If you have a wayward child, when you pray, you begin to thank God now, a miracle is happening. The full manifestation is not seen yet, but by faith you believe. It is already a substance and evidence in the eyes of faith and in the eyes of God. That’s the secret, if you want anything from God at all, that’s the way to go.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1).

Some people say, when you have Jesus, you have everything. It sounds so simplistic, but it is. The Bible says, He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? (Romans 8:32). If God, for your sake, not just for your salvation, but for your healing, and for your welfare, gave up the greatest treasure in His heart for you, then with Christ,
will He not give you everything that you need? It doesn’t say that everything will happen tonight. No, it will be over a progressive of time. But legally, we possess all things that we need. Because the Father gave us His all, His very best.

So, when you are asking for healing, what is it to Him, when He gave us His Son? if you ask for a satisfying job, what is that to God, since He has given us His all? That’s the point. It will build your faith. The number one thing is to have Jesus! If you really have the best of Jesus Christ in your heart, no wonder Jesus said,

“And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. (John 14:13-14).

In other translation of the Bible it actually means this, Jesus said, “If you shall ask anything in My Name, and if I don’t have, I will make it for you.” That’s even more powerful! Why? Because He is the Creator.

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. (Genesis 1:3).

Who was that? Jesus! How come it’s Jesus?

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. (John 1:1-3).

And this Word that was the beginning, and this Word who made the beginning, this Word that was before the beginning, this Word become flesh.

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” (John 1:14).

Who is that Word? Jesus! And this Word now says, “I want to fill your empty heart. I want to come into your heart and be part of your life. So that when you possess Me, you possess everything you ever need. And if you shall ask anything in My Name, JESUS, if I don’t have, I’ll make it for you, I’ll give it to you.” What kind of a God is that? Supernatural God, sacrificial God who lives in our heart. How could we be a looser in the long run? It’s not that we have everything all at once, but potentially we possess everything if we believe, stage by stage everything unfolds, all that we ever need will come to pass! That’s our Jesus! So, when you get angry with people or circumstances, don’t angry with Jesus. Because when you turn your back to Jesus, who lose? You, not Jesus. When we don’t believe Him any longer, He knows we are in a big trouble, that’s why He wept.

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6 Responses to Why Jesus Wept?

  1. Rebecca Johnson says:

    Very helpful !!

     

  2. This has help me to understand the word of God. Thank you.

  3. Confirmed says:

    The Holy Spirit revealed to me the meaning of this passage last night. This was a wonderful confirmation from the Lord reading this.

  4. gillian Ngfan says:

    i love this  . its very helpful to me comforting , may 26th 2016 marks a year  my mom was taken away to heaven i know there she is with out pain & can walk on her both legs that were amputated on earth . Thank you Jesus for leading me to this blog to understand further .

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