With that one sentence the Son of God revealed his human nature and his understanding of our pain. Jesus wept. He wept for his friends. He wept over death. He wept because of love. Jesus wept because he knows the pain of death, the despair of loss. Jesus wept because the sorrow of losing Lazarus was real to him and his compassion for Mary and Martha tangible. Yet he also wept because he cared. He wept because his heart was broken and leaking out through his eyes. He wept because he stood in that place and felt all that humanity feels. He entered the tragedy of Lazarus’ death alongside all those grieving family and friends.
Jesus wept. And Jesus weeps. He weeps in the dark of night alongside the parents who have an empty womb and an empty crib. He weeps beside the child who keeps watch over the hospital bed of their parent. He weeps with the husband whose wife has left him for another. He weeps with the woman who has been beaten almost to unconsciousness. And he weeps with you.
I know this may seem simple. It may seem like a pithy statement but the truth of Jesus’ care and love for us is real. It was real yesterday in the shock of the moment, it’s real today in the numbness, and it will be real in all the tomorrows that will bring clarity and healing.
Brennan Manning shares a little of his own story in “The Furious Longing of God”. This book is well worth your time. I was struck by one passage,
“That filth was Brennan Manning, thirty-two years ago. And the God I’ve come to know by sheer grace, the Jesus I met in the grounds of my own self, has furiously loved me regardless of my state-grace or disgrace. And why? For His love is never, never, never based on our performance, never conditioned by our moods-of elation or depression. The furious love of God knows no shadow of alteration or change. It is reliable. And always tender.”
The suffering, tragedy and despair may feel unending but you can be assured today that you are not alone. That may not change the pain of this moment but Jesus is with you. He understands and promises to enter this moment with you. When you weep, he weeps.
My prayer for you today is that the love, comfort and community of God will surround you. You are not alone.