Picture of “Jesus Wept” by Haley Miller

Jesus Wept

“Jesus wept” – John 11:35

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He already knew He would bring Lazarus back from the dead.

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He already knew He would make everything right.

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He was going to fix the problem.

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But He still wept.

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John tells us, “… Jesus loved Martha, and her sister (Mary), and Lazarus.” – John 11:5

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Did He weep only for Mary’s and Martha’s loss?

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Or did He weep for His own loss also?

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Were His tears for the collective loss and fear we all experience when we believe we’ve lost someone we love?

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Of Christ’s mortal experience, Isaiah wrote,

“Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows” – Isaiah 53:4

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and Alma preached,

“And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind;

… that his bowels may be filled with mercy,

… that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities.”

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Perhaps an infinite atonement can only be performed by a being of infinite capacity for love and infinite depth of feeling.

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When we talk about Christ’s selection to be our Savior, we often speak of credentials and capabilities … the firstborn Son of God, the Creator, the Word of God, the only one capable.

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But I feel at least part of the reason God chose Jesus to save us … and part of the reason we supported that decision … was because we already knew Him.

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We’d already experienced His love for us.

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We’d already witnessed His love for the Father.

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We trusted Him to rescue us because we knew His love for us would not let Him fail.

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Even though Christ knows the end from the beginning …

Even though He knows He’s going to make it all right in the end …

Even though He knows He can and will heal our wounds and broken hearts eventually …

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He still weeps …

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He weeps with us, and for us, in our moments of loss, grief, fear, and pain.

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Because He can’t help it …

Because of His mercy and compassion …

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Because of His infinite love.

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Image Credit – “Jesus Wept” by Haley Miller

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