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Why Did Jesus Weep?
• READ: JOHN 11:1-44
When I was little, I would talk with God, praying, “God, if you’re really up there, please show me a sign!”
I think my prayer is one that, at one point or another, we all pray. We want to know if God is there. But we also want to know, “Is He here? Does He care about my thoughts and situations?”
In John 11, Jesus’ close friends, Mary and Martha, sent a message asking Jesus to come to their house: their brother, Lazarus, was dying. They sought Jesus’ help and comfort during this difficult time, but Jesus delayed coming.
When Jesus finally arrived, Lazarus was dead, and the sisters asked Jesus why He didn’t prevent this. They wanted to know: “Do you care about us and what happens to us?”
Jesus went to Lazarus’ tomb and wept. He knew He was the Resurrection and the Life, and that, in a few minutes, He would raise Lazarus from the dead. So why did He weep?
The simple answer is Jesus grieves over sin and the hurt it causes—including death. He grieves over the fact that the people He made often reject Him, the only One who can rescue them from all that is broken. When we are hurt by the sin and brokenness in the world, it’s as if Jesus goes to the “tombs” in our lives and weeps along with us.
Jesus is Emmanuel, meaning “God is with us.” Be encouraged because God has become one of us. God became a human to end sin and the brokenness it causes (John 1:1-14). When our trust is in Christ, through the Holy Spirit, God is here with us even now. He cares deeply about all the details of our lives. And He promises that His people—those who know Him through faith in Christ—will one day dwell with Him forever, free from tears (Revelation 21:1-5). • Susan Grant
• What specific things in your life have you wondered if God really cares about?
• If you knew Jesus weeps over sin and the brokenness it causes, how would this make a difference in your life?
Jesus wept. John 11:35 (CSB)
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• READ: JOHN 1:1-18; ROMANS 5:1-11
If you’ve ever struggled to be accepted by any particular group—your friends, your family, or even your work environment—you aren’t alone. Everyone struggles with finding a place to belong. But if you’re in Christ, you can rest in some important truths:
• God loves you (1 John 4:9). God made you, and He loves you more than anybody else ever could—so much so that He died on the cross for your sins so you could be with Him and His people forever (Genesis 1:1; Jeremiah 31:3; John 3:16).
• You belong to God (Isaiah 43:1; Romans 14:8). Jesus gives His sinlessness (or righteousness) to all who put their trust in Him (Romans 5:1). Therefore, you are right with God, who is without sin and is perfectly just. Simply put, in Christ, God accepts you and loves you no matter what you have done or will do. You belong to Him forever.
• Even when others reject you, God will never reject you or turn His back on you. Nothing can separate you from His love (Romans 8:38-39). Whenever you feel lonely, talk to Jesus. He is always with you, and He loves you with the greatest of loves (Matthew 28:20; John 15:13).
• Because you belong to Jesus, you’re a daughter or a son of the Most High King (2 Corinthians 6:18; Galatians 3:26). You are part of the family of God. Nothing can take you away from being a part of His people. This is the community you will be a part of forever (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17)!
Remember, if you have put your faith in Christ, you are accepted and loved by God. You are in the group called “Children of God” (John 1:12). • Alexis Wohler
• Have you ever struggled with being left out of certain groups? Have you ever tried to be accepted by a group you wanted to be a part of?
• Why is belonging to Jesus and His people better than belonging to any other group?
• To learn more about what it means to belong to Jesus, check out our "Know Jesus" page.
Therefore accept one another, just as Christ also accepted you, to the glory of God. Romans 15:7 (CSB)