“Jesus Wept”

This is the shortest verse in the Bible,  John 11:35

Jesus finds his soul deeply moved and troubled because of the pain Mary felt for the death of her brother Lazarus.  I find it interesting that he is moved so much by this event (twice he felt moved and troubled) yet he knew Lazarus was “only sleeping” and would soon be back to life.

He empathized with Mary just because she was sad.

This is the same man who told a follower to “let the dead bury their own dead.”  How do these two situations reconcile themselves?  Something I need to chew on.

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7 Responses to “Jesus Wept”

  1. altonwoods says:

    Jesus wept, why? I believe that He was saddened at how Mary and Martha paid lip service to their belief in Him. They said they believed, but did they have peace over Lazurus’death? NO! Did they really believe that the Jesus who stood before them was truly the resurrection? doesn’t seem that way to me…I also think Jesus wept for all the people who were to come that would have this type of talk without a walk faith. As far as the other situation goes, the dead were always buried the same day of the death so it’s rather unlikely one would be following a Rabbi that day which leaves the reader to conclude that his father probably wasn’t even dead yet.

  2. Perhaps it’s because (as we learned in parenting class 🙂 ) That Jesus at times teaches us and disciplines us differently and uniquely from each other, according to what we need to grow. Maybe Mary needed compassion and the other guy tough love? The love is the same, the method different (random thoughts, possibly not theologically sound)

  3. Kyle Kaspar says:

    Good question bro! Here are some thoughts of the top of my head:

    The “dead bury the dead” situation. I think Jesus was not promoting that this specific dead man was of lesser value or that Jesus had no sympathy for this disciple. I think this is just an example of Jesus saying “I am more important. Jesus was probably thinking “I am more important than death! I am conquering it!” And Jesus was putting himself above the traditions of man, and establishing the urgency of obedience and the reality of the Kingdom. I think that Jesus probably had compassion upon this disciple (in Matthew 5:4 – Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted) but He knew what was best (not easiest) for this man.

    I think we all have specific things in our life that we don’t want to give up, but Jesus will eventually call out these things and give us a choice. One example of this is the rich man that asked Jesus what he had to do to follow Him. Jesus responded with “sell all you have and follow me.”

    So perhaps with this specific disciple, it was revealed to Jesus that the one thing holding him back from completely surrendering to Jesus was the traditions of man and his family relationships. I do not think Jesus had no empathy for this man or did not care “as much” as he did for Mary…He just wanted what was best for Him and that was complete obedience.

    Love you bro! Can’t wait to go SNOW SKIIIIING!!!! Triple black diamonds baby

  4. Rooper says:

    Romans 8:28 “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose”

    ~This verse is heavily drenched in God’s love for us. We are those who love Him and are called to His purpose.

    I’ve come to understand, at least 2 absolutes…
    1. My God is a God of paradox
    2. My God cannot be explained by logic or rationalization

    Instead, my most powerful tool is FAITH. I don’t understand how you’re called to love your enemies. I don’t understand how wrath and blessing come from the source of His love. I don’t understand how situations such as Lazarus rising from the dead and a man unwilling to sacrifice everything could both be loved by the same God.

    He has such good intended for us. We may think that the goods we have in our lives now are worth saying “no” to Jesus but it’s not!!!

    When you ask the Lord to strip you of ______, He expects you to also ask Him to replace it with something else.

    “He satisfies the longing soul and the hungry soul He fills with good things.” Psalm 107:9

    May we be a people not seeking to find answers to our constant questions.


    May we be a people willing to “settle” in the resting place of His “Not Yet.”

    He is Worth the Wait.

    • Kyle Kaspar says:

      This is good! is this Ruth Cooper?!

    • chriskaspar says:

      This is good…I’ve come the truly believe what you are talking about…I would like to look at some of these unexplainable mysteries as puzzle pieces. We have two pieces in our hands that seemingly don’t fit together; that’s because they don’t. If we really look at things as God does (which we can’t) we realize that there are four or five piece in between the ones that we see that are invisible to us!

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