This is one of the shortest bible verses in the bible.
It is also, to me, one of the most mind blowing verses in the Bible.
Think about it. Jesus weeping, not just crying! Isn’t Jesus supposed to be strong and powerful?
Jesus was a man like us, but a perfect man, God come in the flesh. Like us, He loved and served God, felt compassion for suffering people, and had physical and emotional needs. But unlike us, Jesus served God in absolute obedience, expressed His compassion through perfect works, and looked only to his Father to fill his needs.
The background of this is that Jesus has just returned to the village of Bethany. His friend, Lazarus, has just died four days earlier and there was intense mourning by his burial place within the tomb he was in. Jesus stood and He heard the people cries of pain and loss, He saw the tears falling from their eyes. Jesus felt the pain around Him, and He wept….
I think this relates so society so much today. I feel like we are taught not to show our true feelings— just push them aside. Especially boys. There is also a crazy, insane thought going around that it is not ok to cry!? What! Some people have said that is not ok to cry because it is showing God doubt that we don’t trust Him. But look! Jesus Wept. If He needs to cry, maybe you and i need a good cry too.
(by Brittney Borowski)
You are not an accident. Your parents may not have planned you, but God did. He wanted you alive and created you for a purpose. Focusing on yourself will never reveal your purpose. You were made by God and for God, and until you understand that, life will never make sense. Only in God do we discover our origin, our identity, our meaning, our purpose, our significance, and our destiny.
- Dr. Rick Warren