We all know it as the shortest verse in the Bible. But it is long on what it tells us about the character of Jesus, both as the Son of God and as the Son of Man. Indeed, the story clearly illustrates that the fully human Jesus was a compassionate, loving man who was truly sorry to see His friends grieving over the death of their brother. We should remember this story when we go through a crisis and wonder if Jesus could possibly understand how we feel. He walked among us and He lived as we did to help us understand that our Creator hurts when we hurt. What Father wouldn’t?
“Jesus wept.” ~John 11:35
But I believe that the Son of God was also moved to tears by what He had seen, even though it was for a different reason. Think about it. Lazarus was in a better place. The Bible tells us that “to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 5:8) Jesus was fully human, but He was also fully God, and the Son of God knew that the miracle He was about to perform would mean that Lazarus would return from a land of perfect peace. It was enough to make the Son of God cry.
Jesus was right. Lazarus’ sickness would not end in death and God would be glorified by the miracle that Jesus performed. Why? Only God could raise someone from death.
I love knowing that I worship a God who is a miracle worker. But I also take greater comfort in knowing that I have a friend who loves me so much that He will cry with me when I come to Him, fall at His feet, and say, “Lord, please help me.”