Do you know what the shortest verse in the Bible is? If you said John 11:35, which says, “Jesus wept,” you would be right. This verse is not only the shortest verse in the Bible; it is also the easiest to remember! It is also a verse you and I should have firmly planted in our minds and hearts, because it holds out virtually limitless comfort to the Christian.
Imagine for a moment: the Son of God – our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, the creator and sustainer of all things – weeping! The question we have to ask is, Why? Why was Jesus weeping? John11 relates the story of the death of Lazarus, a man whom Jesus loved. Lazarus’ sisters sent word to Jesus that Lazarus was ill. But Jesus came too late; Lazarus was dead and buried when He arrived. And Jesus wept. All hope was lost!
Or was it? In just a few minutes Jesus was going to raise Lazarus from the dead. Lazarus would soon be breathing again . . . walking again . . . talking again. Jesus had known for days what He was about to do; He had purposely arrived after Lazarus had died in order to glorify His Father.
But He wept anyway! Why? Why would Jesus weep if He knew Lazarus would be alive again in mere moments?
The answer is that Jesus hated what sin and death had done to this world.
The great enemy of all mankind is death (1 Corinthians 15:26,55-57). Some spend a lifetime trying to push this truth out of their minds. Others delude themselves into thinking death is just an illusion. And some are held captive by their fear of death, right up until they breathe their last (Hebrews 2:15).
There is no one who has walked the face of this earth who hated death more than Jesus. No one ever grieved over death more than our God. No one ever felt death’s horrible implications more profoundly than our Lord.
Not only did Jesus taste the sting of death, He tasted separation from the heavenly Father. Though they had been together for all eternity, while Jesus was hanging on the cross, taking our sins upon Himself, the Father could no longer look upon His precious Son. Jesus hated death so much that He Himself became the death of death by suffering death Himself . . . death, the last enemy to be destroyed.
The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 15:20-26, “Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. But each in turn: Christ, the first-fruits; then, when He comes, those who belong to Him. Then the end will come, when He hands over the kingdom to God the Father after He has destroyed all dominion, authority, and power. For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death.”
Jesus wept “tears of truth,” and we should weep too. But we must always remember that a day is coming when there will be no more death (Revelation 21:4).Because of the resurrection of our Lord – which is the guarantee of our own resurrection – we can sing . . . We can shout! In our weeping we still know that death no longer has any hold on us for the Bible says in 1 Corinthians 15:55, “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”
How remarkable that Jesus wept tears of truth! And consider the words said by the Jews who saw Him: “See how He loved [Lazarus]!” That’s how much He loves you too!
This is God’s Word For Today … This Is Grace For The Journey
Rest and Rejoice in this eternal truth!
Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”
Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”