Advent 3, his coming — ‘Jesus wept.‘ John 11: 35

10 Dec

Advent is a time for the church and its people to prepare. As John the Baptists, we sit in the dark winters of life, meditating and reflecting; praying and preparing. We try to prepare a way to Jesus incarnate, so we can see and hear Him as he comes. As He came.
He, our Messiah, came as a baby. As a child he started life as all children begin: to receive life and love. Yes, babies give joys but in truth, as their lives begin, they really can only receive.
How, what do they receive?
They receive food and milk; love and endearing human touches; they are carried and gently rocked to sleep. They receive and if they need a nappy change, food, or a touch they cry.
The baby Jesus must have cried. Though we see the adult Jesus cry deeply only once. He cries at his friend’s Lazarus’ death. Here is John’s narrative of that moment,

John 11: 32 – 35
“ When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”

When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. “Where have you laid him?” he asked.

“Come and see, Lord,” they replied.

Jesus wept.

John just writes, ‘Jesus wept.’ Simple and specific. An action left open to our imaginings, what type of tears? Did our Lord groan, cry out? Or did close His eyes and weep in darkness?

For me it is enough to know that Jesus cried, that He wept.

Though he knows he will raise Lazarus, Jesus still cries because he feels. He feels the brokenness and sorrows death brings; He cries for the loss of fellowship; He weeps gently and angrily, and he cries also for me. His tears are for my hurts and rejections; for my failures and mis steps.

I can love because He first loved me. 1 John 4: 19

I can weep for He first wept over me.

Jesus came to teach us to weep as children cry when they see injustice and evil ; sorrows and lost; the broken and the hurting.

He loves us so, He weeps

My prayer: help me to cry as you cry My Lord…help me to love as you loved

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