The weeping God

One of the greatest passages in all the Bible is that short sentence in John 11:35:

Jesus wept.

Here is the great and mighty God, the eternal Word by whom all things were made, the Logos who gives order and meaning to the universe. He enters into our broken world and identifies with human grief. As the writer of the Epistle to the Hebrews says:

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.” Hebrews 4:15

In order to redeem us, he becomes us. Not in all the Old Testament has God been seen to enter so deeply into human experience. Yes, He loved his people. Yes, He cared for them. And even yes, He provided for them. But to weep with them, this was radically new. And, oh, so amazing!

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