Why did Jesus weep?

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John 11

32 Then, when Mary came where Jesus was, and saw Him, she fell down at His feet, saying to Him, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.”

33 Therefore, when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled. 34 And He said, “Where have you laid him?”

They said to Him, “Lord, come and see.”

35 Jesus wept. 36 Then the Jews said, “See how He loved him!”

37 And some of them said, “Could not this Man, who opened the eyes of the blind, also have kept this man from dying?”

38 Then Jesus, again groaning in Himself, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it.
One of the worst sermons I ever heard was taken from John 11:35.  The pastor taught that Jesus wept, He showed emotion, and so can we.  Jesus showing emotion has nothing to do with this situation.  Jesus knew that He was going to raise Lazarus from the dead. He was not sad that Lazarus had died.  Jesus knew before he got there that Lazarus was dead and that the Father was going to be glorified by the raising of this man from the tomb.  So, no, Jesus did not weep because Lazarus died.

Paul teaches us not to grieve the Spirit of God.  When Jesus arrived on the scene, He told them that He was the resurrection and the life.  He told them that their brother was going to live.  But not one person there looked to Jesus with hope.  They scolded Him; they questioned His ability, and continually belittled Jesus for letting Lazarus die.  The grief that Jesus showed was because of their unbelief.  Later, Jesus wept over the unbelief of Jerusalem.  In the Garden Jesus scolded His disciples for their lack of prayer and faith.

Why did Jesus weep at Lazarus’ tomb?  Why did Jesus weep over Jerusalem?  How do we grieve the Holy Spirit of God today?  Whenever we don’t believe that God is able to care for us, that God’s plans and purposes are good for us, and we in a fleshly reaction doubt Him, we grieve our Lord.  Jesus taught that our faith only need be the size of a mustard seed and we can move mountains.  Hebrews 11:6 teaches us that when we have faith we please God.  Romans 14:23 teaches us that whatsoever is not of faith is sin.

Yes, we can please God and yes we can grieve God.  When we truly trust Him in our difficult situations we please Him.  Conversely, when we do not trust God but blame Him for our difficulties without looking to Him for His purposes, we grieve God.  “Lord, increase our faith.”

Tomorrow morning is our monthly men’s prayer breakfast at Denny’s at 7:30. If this breakfast is not your habit, please join us tomorrow. 

Sunday morning I will be bringing a message from Isaiah 64-65.  If you want to prepare you mind and heart for this message read these chapters a few times before you come. 

Pray Naperville will be meeting for public prayer on Saturday September 24th.  They need church volunteers for the day of the event.  If you can volunteer let me know on Sunday.  If you are not sure what Pray Naperville is, look at their website. 

Have a great day in the Lord,

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