Jesus wept John 11:35
This is the shortest verse in the Bible, but to me it is one of the MOST powerful. It's the only record of Jesus weeping, though I imagine He wept quite often. Jesus had just approached a crowd of mourners who were mourning the death of a friend of His, Lazarus. Both of Lazarus's sisters, Mary and Martha, had come to Jesus asking Him why He hadn't come and healed their brother. They'd sent a messenger to Jesus days before informing Him that Lazarus was ill and begging Him to come and heal him. By this time, Mary and Martha, who were also good friends of Jesus, had seen Him heal multiple people... most of the strangers. Surely Jesus wouldn't hesitate to come heal someone who was a good friend.
But He did hesitate. On purpose. He waited days before heading out. Even His disciples questioned why he was waiting so long. You see, Jesus knew that Lazarus must die. He knew God had bigger plans for Lazarus that could only be achieved by his death. I realize how weird that sounds, but it's true. Jesus knew He would raise Lazarus from the dead as proof that Jesus was the resurrection and the life! He even told his skeptical disciples what He was going to do, and still they didn't believe.
So when Jesus arrives and sees everyone crying and wailing in grief, why does He cry??? He knows Lazarus is going to rise again in just a few minutes... so why is He crying? There's a few passages that give us a clue.
Therefore, when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled. verse 33
Then Jesus, again groaning in Himself, came to the tomb. verse 38
Jesus, the Son of God, the Creator of all life, looks over the crowd and sees what death does to people. He sees how it destroys them, how agonizing and horrific it is, how it rips out people's hearts and souls and leave them empty. And HE GETS MAD.
He's mad at death and the devil and sin for bringing it into the world. This wasn't how things were supposed to be. God never meant for man to die, either physically or spiritually, but the enemy tricked Adam and Eve and stole the rulership of earth that was rightfully theirs. And with it he brought sin and decay and destruction and sorrow and pain and heartache and loneliness and emptiness and despair and aging and finally death.
And seeing the effect of that, I believe, made Jesus groan in His Spirit and get mad. And like the warrior King, he charges the tomb and calls out Lazarus. He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!
And Death (at least this one death) is defeated.
Two things I learn from this
Jesus is our warrior King who charges the gates of Hell and snatches us out of the grip of death
O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory? 1 Corinthians 15:55
When trials, troubles or tragedy strikes, even when God sees that things work out for us in the end, He still cries with us. He takes us in His arms and cries with us. How comforting is that?