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The Tears Of Jesus

By Don Loftis | 02.10.16

Isaiah described the Messiah as “a man of sorrows” (Is. 53:7).  In His life and ministry, Jesus faced rejection by His friends and persecution by His enemies.  He was often misunderstood even by those He regularly taught.

 

However, we usually associate Jesus’ sorrow stemming from the losses and disappointments experienced by others.  In John 11 “Jesus wept,” as He experienced the death of His friend Lazarus.  As Luke described Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem on the Sunday before His crucifixion (Lk. 19:41), he comments, “When He approached Jerusalem, He saw the city and wept over it.”  One can almost hear His earlier cry (Lk. 13:34), “O Jerusalem, O Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those sent to her!  How often I wanted to gather your children together, just as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not have it!”

 

Jesus is aware of the pain we experience.  He knows when we sit at the funeral or visit the hospital.   He knows our loneliness, our fear, our guilt, and our discouragement.  Better than any friend on earth, He weeps as we weep.

 

Jesus is also deeply saddened–to the point of tears–over conditions in our lives that we continue to ignore.  Personal sins which we seek to hide rather than repent break His heart as do opportunities to serve that we selfishly ignore.  The same is true for forgiveness that we refuse to extend, worship we often withhold, and blessings we unconsciously hoard.  Let’s be careful that we don’t break the heart of Jesus!

 


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