John 11:35 “ Jesus Wept” , it’s the shortest verse in the Bible so that itself causes us to take notice when we see that God chose to put this little thought as one verse, just two words. It has great significance. And I will talk about why he wept.
Look at verse 32.
The Bible reads, “Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died. When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled. And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see.” And then of course, the famous verse “Jesus wept. “Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him! And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died? Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days. Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?” ( This verse also confirms that Mary believed and that’s why she saw the glory of God when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead)
Of course, if we go on, He performs this great miracle, where He says “Lazarus come forth” and Lazarus came back to life. He raised Lazarus from the dead. But this is the first specific instance, I’m sure Jesus wept many other times in his life and so the question is, why did he weep? First of all, the reason that he wept, all of the times that he wept throughout his life, is because he was also a human being. A lot of times, we lose sight of that because the fact that we believe that Jesus Christ was God in the flesh. And Jesus Christ certainly was God in the flesh. There are many, many scriptures to prove that. The Bible says, for example, in Hebrews 1:8 “But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.” So, spoken to the Son Jesus Christ, he said “Thy throne, O God is for ever and ever.”
God was manifest in the flesh and He became a man and the Bible calls him the Man of Christ Jesus. And when Jesus Christ was on this earth, he was tempted in all points like as we are. Yet, without sin. Jesus Christ hungered. He thirsted. He was tired. He became sad. He became angry. So we don’t want to lose that side of the fact that yes, Jesus Christ was a 100% God but he was also a 100% man, as well. He was God in the form of man. So he took upon him the form of a servant and was made in the likeness of man. So we don’t want to forget the humanity of Christ. Even though we believe in the deity of Christ, the fact that he was God, but we need also to understand his humanity. For we as human beings go through times when we’re weak, don’t we? And if you look at great men in the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, there’s a lot of weeping. The man who the Bible records more than any other weeping is David.
But in this passage, I believe that the reason that Jesus wept is because the people that he loved were suffering,if you would in the book of John 11. It says in verse 33, “When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled.” So when Jesus saw her weeping and he saw the other Jews that were with her weeping, he was troubled. He groaned in the spirit. He wept. The Bible says, in Romans 12:15 “Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.” So Jesus Christ commands us in the Book of Romans, that we should weep with those that weep. And so here, we see Jesus weeping with those who weep. He is feeling the sorrow that they’re feeling. Because they’re sad, that made Him sad. The people that he loved were suffering, and therefore caused him to suffer.
It says in verse 34 “And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see. Jesus wept. Then said the Jews..” Look at verse number 36, right when they see him weeping, “Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him!” You’d say, “Well, if that’s really why he wept..” We’ll jump back to verse 5 and God tells us. In John 11:5, the Bible says, “Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.” So the Bible tells us that these were the people that Jesus loved. And so, therefore, when he sees them weeping, he’s weeping. And when they saw him weeping, that was evidence of his love for Lazarus, when they saw him weeping. And it says in verse number 37, “And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died? Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it.”
And of course, the Bible says in Hebrews Chapter 4 verse 15, “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” So, it’s not that Jesus Christ is up in heaven, just cold and heartless, and not understanding the pain and the suffering that we’re going through. If you look at this passage, didn’t Jesus know that Lazarus is coming back? Because he had already planned this days before. He already explained. In the beginning of the chapter, he said “Lazarus is dead.” He said “Lazarus is sleeping but I’m going to awake him.” So he knew he was going to resurrect Lazarus from the dead. And a lot of times we’re going through pain and suffering in our lives, and we don’t know how it’s going to end up, right? We don’t know the future. We don’t know that everything will work out, We could believe that by faith, when we read the Bible and we look at its promises, but if we look at the immediate circumstances, we don’t know how they will turn out, do we? God does know how it will turn out. But that doesn’t mean that He’s just sitting up in heaven knowing that these people are going to be fine anyway and not sympathizing with the tears that we’re having in our immediate circumstance, our trials and tribulations and suffering. And so, he’s “not a high priest that cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities.” He sorrows with us when we suffer, when we’re in sorrow. Even if he knows that everything is going to turn out right, he still has sympathy with us and understands what it’s like. You know why? Because he’s been there.
He could sorrow with us and suffer with us because the Bible says “he can be touched with the feeling of our infirmities” because he was, in all points, tempted like as we are, yet without sin. When you’re hungry and starving and don’t have any food, don’t have any money to buy food, Jesus knows what that’s like, because there were times that he was without food in his life. He was without food for 40 days and 40 nights. You say “that’s impossible.” First of all, with God, all things are possible. But second of all, there are people in modern day, who got 40 days without it. But you can’t go 40 days without water. But you can go 40 days without food. I don’t think I can do it. I don’t think I have the reserves for that, but I know I have gone without food for days, that wasn’t a choice, just my circumstance at the time But some people probably could, I don’t know. But I know there are men in our days who have gone 40 days without eating. But it’s not fun. It’s pain, it’s suffering. And so, when you’re hungry, Jesus knows what it’s like to be hungry. When you are working hard and staying up all night and you have to work all night, and you work a crazy amount of hours, Jesus knows what that’s like, because there are many times in the Bible that Jesus had to stay up all night. There were times in the Bible, where Jesus couldn’t find a place to sleep. And so when you don’t have a place to lay your head, he’s been there. When you lose a loved one, he’s been through it. When you go through times when you’re having problems with your family and they’re persecuting you, you know what, he’s been there, because his brethren mocked him and didn’t believe on him. He has been through everything that we go through in our lives. He lived down to serve for 33 ½ years and the Bible says, and I believe it, that he was tempted in all points like as we are, yet without sin. There’s nothing you could say “I’m going through some of those harder than what Jesus went through. He doesn’t understand.” No, he’s been through worse than anything you go through, he’s gone through worse in his life.
Therefore, he can understand and he can sympathize with us, when we’re going through hard times. And I believe that he sympathized with their sorrow and sadness here in this story. He wept when the people that he loved were suffering. And we should be the same way. We’re commanded to rejoice with them that rejoice, and weep with them that weep. The Bible says “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.” We should be concerned. When other people are suffering, we should suffer. And when other people are rejoicing, we should be happy for them. Not to be self-centered, where everything is just about what we’re going through in our life. If things are going great for us, we don’t want to hear about anybody else having a hard time. And we’re just having fun. Things are going great. Or, “I’m sad right now. I’m sorrowing right now. I don’t want to hear your good news. I don’t want to rejoice with you right now.” But the Bible says we should get the focus off ourselves and focus on what other people are going through. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. And we should rejoice with them that rejoice, and weep with them that weep. And that is being Christ-like when we live our lives in that way.