June 11, 2020

Closeup of a person's eye with a tear falling from it - Photo by Aliyah Jamous on Unsplash

John 11:35–36 (ESV)
35 Jesus wept. 36 So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”


Bible scholars have offered many explanations as to why Jesus wept. Knowing that He would raise Lazarus from the dead, why did he cry? Some suggest that it was because He wanted to display His humanity. Others believe it was because of the others who were weeping. Then there are those who contend His weeping was over the tragic consequences of sin.

It appears that the crowd at the tomb interpreted His tears as an expression of love. But it possible that they saw Jesus crying as a sign of frustration at not coming early to heal Lazarus.

The word translated “wept” implies One who is emotionally disturbed about a situation. Looking at it from that perspective, I can imagine Jesus being disturbed at the affairs of the world He created; the violence, division and lack of compassion.

But just as Jesus called forth Lazarus from death to life, we can have hope. I believe Jesus is still weeping.