“Jesus wept.” John 11:35
This is the shortest verse in the Bible. It is an interesting verse, because of what it says and because of what it does not say.
Commentators have debated over what Jesus was weeping about here. Was it their unbelief? Was it the fact that Lazarus was in Paradise? I must confess, I do not know. Perhaps smarter men that I know, but I am at a loss.
What this verse does tell us is that God is affected by our sorrows. Isaiah the prophet spoke of Jesus about 600 years before His birth, and describes Jesus as, “…A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.” (Isaiah 53:3, NKJV). He is sad when we are sad. His heart hurts when our hearts hurt. He is grieved by a world in rebellion to Him and the consequences of that rebellion, sin. And He is grieved when we are affected by sin, no matter who is at fault.
Isaiah 63:9: “In all their affliction He was afflicted…” (NKJV)
Judges 10:16, “…And His soul could no longer endure the misery of Israel.” (NKJV)
Why do we suffer? Well, that is another post. But my point here is that we have a Savior who knows sorrow, the loss of friends, and even death; yet rose a Victor over sin and death and promises us the same.
Many questions remain, some I believe we will never know the answer to in this life. But we do know He understands our sorrows; He knows our pain; and He comforts us in our sorrows, “I will not leave you comfortless : I will come to you.” John 14:18, KJV).