John 11:35 “Jesus wept.”
For whom did Jesus weep?
Was it for Lazarus who died?
Was it for Mary and Martha in their grief?
We often relate so quickly to the emotion of those of whom we read. Yet, it is in Jesus’ prayer that we find the answer.
John 11:41-42 “Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.”
Jesus knew that we will all die. Lazarus, in particular, had placed his faith in Jesus as Messiah. Jesus knew that Lazarus would be in Heaven waiting for Him once His task on earth was completed.
Mary and Martha declared their faith in Jesus as well.
In His prayer, Jesus reveals it was for those who would witness the miracle of raising Lazarus from the dead. Yet, seeing the miracle, they would walk away, unchanged.
John 11:45-46 “Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him. But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them what things Jesus had done.”
Some of those who followed Jesus did so as snitches and gossips. They thought this a sideshow to be observed rather than the presence of God among them.
Sadly, some of today’s so-called “churches” look like that as well. Stages filled with smoke and lights seem more attendance to a rock concert than coming into the presence of God to worship.
At the gravesite of His dear friend Lazarus, Jesus wept for those who would witness the miracle of Lazarus coming back to life and walk away in unbelief. Knowing what He was about to face and the price He was going to ultimately pay, it’s a wonder Jesus didn’t just shake them!
Yet, it ought to cause us to think as well. We pass by so many along our journey every day.
How many know the truth?
How many need salvation?
How many are close to death?
We may not have the answers to these questions, but God does.
We just need to obey and be ready to witness each and every day.
When was the last time the lost state of a soul brought us to tears?
Psalm 126:5-6 “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”
Tears come quickly for ourselves, those close to us, and those we know personally. But can we picture that rough and gruff neighbor as a soul for whom Christ died? What about that person who cut us off on the road? Or that one we find difficult to love?
Having the proper perspective will gain us a far better and eternal reward. Living carnally in the present will never bear good fruit. We must bring ourselves to think with eternity in mind daily.
Then, we, like Jesus, can display a genuine concern for the lost with real tears.