Thursday, November 10, 2016

Jesus wept

Post by: Steve Laser

Jesus wept.  -John 11:35

John 11:35 is the shortest verse in the Bible. Just two words.

Jesus was summoned by his friend, Lazarus's sisters. When Jesus arrived, Lazarus had been dead for four days and his friends were weeping.  Jesus was moved to tears. 

This is important for Christians and especially for Methodists as it demonstrates the belief in fully God and fully human or Hypostatic union. This is our God, who was about to perform a miracle and raise Lazarus from the dead. He was on earth not as a spirit but flesh and bone and he could be moved to tears. 

To me this is a beautiful thing. It shows the sympathy Jesus had for mankind and the immense fear that death creates in all of us. When I first read the story of Lazarus, my initial thought was that Jesus wept to grieve the loss of his friend. After further thought, that can't be the case because he knew that he was about to resurrect Lazarus. 

Jesus wept after seeing the grief and pain of Lazarus's friends and family.  He wept for humanity and the burden and tyranny of death. Maybe the story of Lazarus shouldn't be about the miracle of resurrection; but instead, that Jesus loved us so much that our pain made him cry.

Steve Laser has been a member of BUMC for more than five years. He serves on the finance committee, and has previously been involved in the First Friday Fellowship, Theology on Tap, and has served as an usher. He is a native to Broomfield, Colorado, and lives here now with his fabulous wife and two awesome children. He also makes a mean smoked brisket.

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