[John 11:33-35 NLT] When Jesus saw her weeping and saw the other people wailing with her, a deep anger welled up within him, and he was deeply troubled.
"Where have you put him?" he asked them. They told him, "Lord, come and see."
Then Jesus wept.
Jesus wept at the tomb of Lazarus in compassion for the grief that his sisters and friends were experiencing. I believe His anger was not at the people around Him, but at the things in life that cause those whom He made and loved to be caused to grieve. That is why Jesus came to earth, to destroy all that that hurts us. Disease, death, addiction and sin; were never part of the original design for our lives.
He also wept in the garden of Gethsemane as He contemplated what was ahead of Him on the cross. The tears of Jesus were not a sign of weakness but rather vulnerability. Think of this, The Father created the universe through His Eternal Son. He is also The Word of God and the revelation of God to the world. Yet, this mighty, Eternal God chose to make Himself vulnerable. He chose to experience human emotions.
Jesus’ tears at the tomb of Lazarus were an expression of compassion. He knew He was about to bring Lazarus back from the dead, but those standing by did not. He cried with them because He cared for them. He cares for you in your moments of grief and pain. He cares for you when you feel shame or rejection.
His tears in the garden were an expression of the humanity that He chose to take on, so that He could be our Saviour. He knew that He was about to become a curse for us and to go through something so horrible, when even The Father would turn His back on Him. His tears represented he genuine pain He felt at the thought of suffering.
He understands your depression and grief because He suffered to on an emotional level. Today He reminds you, that are precious to Him and worth every tear He shed in the garden.
Come to Him, the one who cares. Come to Him with every problem, every temptation, every confused thought and every pain. Come to Jesus who went to the cross for you.