ATP: Did Jesus Weep for Anyone Other Than Lazarus?
There are three passages in Holy Writ that make reference to Jesus weeping. The first is the shortest verse in the Bible where Jesus empathizes with his friends Mary and Martha on the loss of their brother.
John 11:35 Jesus wept.
The second references Jerusalem, "the apple of God's eye," on her rejection of His appeal to look to Him for life and salvation. This is the city God said He would place His name upon forever, and the city from which He will rule the world during the Millennium and Eternity. Knowing His love for Jerusalem is not reciprocated, Jesus wept.
Luke 19:41 As He approached Jerusalem and saw the city, He wept over it.
Lastly, the writer of Hebrews implies that Jesus often wept with great fervency as He conversed with His Father through prayer. We are not given the specifics for these tears, yet we can be assured the tears shed were for the people He had come to love, the city He loved from the day He placed His name upon it, and for the many religious leaders who should have recognized Him but their hardened hearts would not permit it. We can also be assured that the anguish of tears was for the masses of people who followed Him when He fed their bellies and then left Him when He called them to "take up their cross," for saints that would surrender their lives in the centuries yet to come, and of course, tears were shed because of the trial that was set before Him – the Cross.
Hebrews 5:7 During the days of Jesus' life on earth, He offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and He was heard because of His reverent submission.
Being of the male gender I am aware of the pressure not to shed tears – it is a "girl thing;" only "sissies" cry. However, the life of Christ teaches us differently. Shedding tears is a necessary part of the believer's life. Genuine tears touch the heart of God, and when a man or woman touches the heart of God, things happen which count for eternity.
I leave you with a verse I learned early in our ministry when "seed sowing" (door to door evangelism) at our first pastorate.
Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. He who goes out weeping,
carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him.
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