Updated: Apr 6, 2021
The shortest verse in the Bible simply says, “Jesus wept.” (John 11:35) It is a brief note that speaks volumes about the nature of God. This two-word verse conveys a profound message about God’s love, His compassion and His care for us. It also shows that He empathizes with our deepest feelings. At the wedding in Cana of Galilee, He showed that he could rejoice with us in our simple joys when He turned the water into wine. With the death of Lazarus, He showed that He can weep with us and feel our sorrows. When He Martha and Mary crying at loss of their brother Lazarus, Jesus choked up and cried along with them. He felt their pain. He felt their grief as if it was His own ‑ and it was! Lazarus was also His friend and He felt their loss. His tears speak to me.
We must never forget how much God cares for us. He promised that He would never leave or forsake us. He will never abandon us. HIS LOVE IS UNCONDITIONAL. His compassion is everlasting. His emotions are both godly and human. His are the tears of deep empathy. He feels our hurts. He feels our sorrows. He understands what it is to be both hurt and to be hurting inside. He knows what it is to suffer grief and loss. He is touched by our infirmities because he has been there too; “For We do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses.” (Hebrews 4:15a) He identifies with the humanity of humanity.
Therefore, take comfort in Peter’s words; “Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” (I Peter 5:7) Did you hear that? He cares for YOU! God once confided to Moses; “I know their sorrows” (Exodus 3:7); What He was really telling Moses was that he wasn’t just aware of the pain the Israelites were suffering but He felt their sorrows as His own. When the leprous man said to Jesus; “If you are willing, you can make me clean. And Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him and said to him, ‘I am willing; be cleansed.” (Mark 1:40 & 41)
He is the good Samaritan who feels our pain and kneels with us beside the road. He sees us beaten up and wounded by life. He sees us discarded by the wayside He knows the sorrow of loves lost and friends turned away. He knows what it is like to be wounded by friends and enemies alike. He also sees when the religious folk ignore us and pass us by. He sees the deep sorrows and broken places in our hearts that we have accumulated since childhood He knows the pain of abandonment and fear of love withheld. He knows our deepest fears and insecurities. He has compassion for our deepest wounds, who kneels with us and pours in the oil and wine of His loving kindness and binds up all our wounds. Yes, He is moved by our infirmities. He feels our pain. He knows our sorrows and He is willing to be touched by our hurts and to touch us where we hurt.
In closing, consider the anguished words of Jeremiah; “Remember my affliction and roaming, The wormwood and the gall. My soul still remembers and sinks within me. This I recall to my mind; Therefore, I have hope. Through the Lord's mercies, we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:19‑23; See also Hosea 11:3,4)