The shortest verse in the entire bible is packed with insight into the character of Jesus. Jesus being both fully God, yet also fully human, was not afraid to express his emotions. In John 11, we read that on hearing the news of his friend Lazarus’ death, and seeing the pain of Lazarus’ sister Mary, Jesus weeps. The Passion Translation puts it like this… “He was deeply moved with tenderness and compassion. Then tears streamed down Jesus’ face.” (John 11:34-35 TPT)
Through Jesus tears we get a glimpse of His tender heart. A heart that loves you and cares about you so deeply, that to see your suffering causes him to weep. Whatever disappointment, loss, pain or trial you’re going through, you’re not alone, Jesus is weeping alongside you, catching every tear (Psalm 56:8).
Through Jesus’ tears we experience his honesty. Jesus invites us to bring our real, honest self to him. He is not afraid of your tears and fears. Jesus is a safe space for you to be real with how you’re feeling. “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you” (1 Peter 5:7)
Lastly, through Jesus tears we are reminded of his Hope. Jesus knew that Lazarus’ death was a small part of a much bigger picture. There was more life to be lived, stories to be told, miracles to witness. There was more to come. The same is true for you. This moment in time is not forever, God has so much more ahead for you.
Though we may be in a season of confusion, doubt, disappointment, restrictions, fear or just feeling fed up, the promise of God is this… “Though weeping may endure for the night, Joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5).
Bring your tears and fears to Jesus. And remember, it is possible to be heartbroken, yet full of hope at the same time.