by Jim Weikal
“When Jesus therefore saw her [Mary] weeping [over the death of Lazarus], and the Jews who came with her also weeping, He was deeply moved in spirit and was troubled” (John 11:33). Verse 35 succinctly describes our Lord’s emotional connection to His people… “Jesus wept” (John 11:35).
During difficult times believers can find themselves feeling deep grief over their circumstances. The Greek word translated “weeping” refers to forceful emotions caused by sorrow. For instance, the widow in the city of Nain who had just lost her son. Jesus approached the funeral procession, and He felt compassion and said to her, “Do not weep.”
Jesus then raised her son alive from the coffin and “gave him back to his mother” (Luke 7:11-15).
Notice the words the inspired writer used to describe Jesus’ emotions: “deeply moved,” “troubled,” “wept,” “felt compassion.” These descriptive words demonstrate to us a Savior who cares, who knows His sheep personally (John 10:14, 27). He doesn’t just pat us on the head and say, “I hope you make it.” He’s here with us and for us (Matthew 28:20; cf. John 14:16).