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Article Of The Week

What God's Word Says About...

Weeping and Rejoicing 

Ask anyone slightly familiar with the word of God what the shortest verse is in the Bible and they can tell you: "Jesus wept" (John 11:35). What seems to contradict this verse is another short verse: "Rejoice always" (1 Thess. 5:16). Why did Jesus weep, and why did the apostle John record this fact? The apostle John wrote that there were "many other things which Jesus did, which if they were written in detail, I suppose that even the world itself would not contain the books that would be written" (John 21:25). Given this limited space, why did God, through John, make sure that we knew that Jesus wept? The word of God gives us some clues as to why the Holy Spirit directed John to write this. Referring to Jesus, John wrote that "the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us" (John 1:14). The Word that became flesh stood at the grave of a friend, Lazarus, weeping, giving us a glimpse of the love for mankind and the nature of God. Jesus wept at Lazarus' grave when Mary and the Jews who came with her were also weeping. The prophet Isaiah told us Jesus bore and carried our griefs and sorrows (Isaiah 53:4).
However, on two other occasions Jesus told a grieving mother, who was also a widow, when her only son died, "Do not weep." Then Jesus came up and touched her son's coffin saying,
"Young man, I say to you arise!" (Luke 7:12-15). When a daughter of an official in the synagogue died, Jesus "saw a commotion, and people loudly weeping and wailing. And entering in, He said to them, 'Why make a commotion and weep? The child has not died but is asleep" (Mark 5:35-43). Even when Jesus corrected grieving on these two occasions, it was not because grieving for the dead was wrong. He was comforting them with the truths that He was going to raise them up and they were not in fact dead!
So why did scripture tell us Jesus was troubled and grieved to the point of weeping at Lazarus' grave? Great though His sorrow was at the tomb of Lazarus, His grief was far more manifest over the loss of souls than of the death of the body. Lazarus was soon to be raised and the sorrow of Mary and Martha would be turned into joy; there was no such hope for the rebellious people and the nation of the Jews. They were soon to seal their doom by requiring His death on the cross (Luke 19:41-44). Jesus understood that because of sin introduced in the garden of Eden that death entered the world, and at that time Satan had the power over death. Jesus knew that many people would not believe in the resurrection when He said, "I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies" (John 11:25). The apostle Paul wrote, "Now if Christ is preached, that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain. Then those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished" (1 Cor. 15:12-19).
When Jesus came to Lazarus' tomb the Jews were saying," 'See how He loved him!' But some of them said, 'Could not this man, who opened the eyes of the blind man, have kept this man also from dying?' So Jesus, being deeply moved [troubled w1thin] came to the tomb" (John 11:36-38). It is likely Jesus wept because of the Jews' unbelief and that He knew they soon would crucify Him. The apostle Paul agreeing with Jesus' compassion for those lost in sin wrote, "For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ" (Phil. 3:18). "Surely our griefs He Himself bore, and our sorrows He carried; yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God and afflicted. But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed" (Isa. 53:4-5).
It is good and healthy for a Christian to feel sorrow when sorrowful things happen. When we face sickness and hardships, when loved ones die, when people we know are unrepentant of sin and are presently bound for hell, and do not turn to Christ, we find there is a biblical and proper place for sorrow. The difference for a Christian is not the absence of sorrow but rather the source of our comfort, and that our mourning will ultimately bring forth greater hope in our Lord and His promises (Romans 5:1-5). When Paul wrote "Rejoice always" (1 Thess. 5:16), the reality is not that we rejoice instead of sorrow, but rather we rejoice in the midst of sorrow. We rejoice that our suffering is temporary and that our hope is eternal and far greater than any hardship or loss we face now: "For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us" (Rom. 8:18). We rejoice also that God has a purpose in any suffering that He allows. Our pain is a part of the process of conforming us to the image of Christ and fulfilling God's ultimate purpose for good
(James 1:2-4; Romans 8:28). As Christians we can understand His promises to be true and we rejoice in this!

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