When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled. And he said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” Jesus wept. So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” Then Jesus, deeply moved again, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. (John 11:33-36, 38 ESV)
Lazarus has died and been in the tomb already for four days. After this scene Jesus calls Lazarus out of the grave and he comes, bound still in the grave clothes. It is remarkable scene and John ties it to Jesus’ statement, “I am the resurrection and the life.” But what struck me this morning is the emotion Jesus has for Lazarus and the pain of Mary and Martha and the others who are heartbroken at the loss of their brother and friend. Jesus too weeps even though he knows what he is about to do. What brings him to weep when he knows Lazarus is about to be raised? It is the pain and anguish of the others. He shares their pain! “See how he loved him!” the others say. Jesus knits his heart as well as his fate to those that will be raised from the dead through faith in him. He weeps with us!
Lord, your love for us is so much greater than we can imagine. Your compassion for us in our pain and in our grief as we face the affects of sin, even our own sin, is a powerful thing. It lifts our hearts to know that we are never alone in it and moves us to attach our hearts to others without fear of being overwhelmed. Would you grant us this grace to love as Jesus loved.