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Why Did Jesus Weep

A question I've sometimes wondered about is why Jesus wept at Lazarus' grave. He knew that in a moment his dead friend would be alive again. I would have thought his feelings would have been positive, not sad. Hope someone can explain this to me - just trying to learn.

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\\You don't believe alot of things Jesus gave us you mock them and the people who believe.\\

I believe in Jesus and what He gave us.

I just don't believe YOU, Bryan.

Can you tell the difference?

I don't believe YOU because you have told too many untruths about what the Bible says.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 7/15/14

Feel like Noah I tell you it's going to rain and you mock I tell you there is going to be a flood and you mock I tell you you have all you need to do the work of the Gospel and you mock. You don't believe alot of things Jesus gave us you mock them and the people who believe. You refuse to see what you religions has done to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Stripped it of it's power. And yet it is still as powerful as it ever was wait for the son of to step up to put a end to the powerless cazos called religion.
---Bryan on 4/19/14

\\aka sorry preaching offend you. Cause that is what Jesus spent his life doing for you.
---Bryan on 3/30/14\\

His preaching is sufficient.

Yours is superfluous.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 3/31/14

Bryan...There is a difference between preaching and being preachy.

I wasn't offended at all. I was genuinely asking. Sorry that you are defensive.

Nevertheless. ..If you want to compare yourself with the jesus, it shouldn't have bothered you. The critics of His teaching never bothered him.
---aka on 3/31/14

aka sorry preaching offend you. Cause that is what Jesus spent his life doing for you.
---Bryan on 3/30/14

Gordon, I believe that what you are talking about is Jesus Divine side. Not Jesus Christ in His humanity. He was just like all humans. Jesus possessed a human body, soul and a spirit just like all human beings check what Matthew said 26:38
"My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death"
And John recorded "When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in the spirit" John 13:21. As He grew up, He grew up just like all of us. He felt pain on the cross just like all those who were crucified. He cried many times also just like us. He did display His Divine nature when He did miracles. He also knew what Judas was going to do in advance. But what Elder said was very correct concerning Jesus Christ.
---Luke on 3/28/14

Gordon, thank you for your post.

I agree with you totally. If God did not have emotions, care and concern to begin with He could not have loved us.

He would not have provided salvation for us. He took on human flesh because He did love and care.

Many people cannot understand the human side of God in Jesus. There is neither part taking away from the other.

That is why we say Jesus is 100% God and 100% man 100% of the time.

I enjoyed your demeanor and your post. What a fine contribution. God Bless.
---Elder on 3/28/14

Elder, With all due respect, and please do not think that I am trying to argue, but, in reality, the Saviour, "Yahushua" (JESUS CHRIST), was completely, 100% Divine Who came to Earth suited AS a Flesh-and-Blood Man. And, what I further want to point out by that, is that, it was not His "Humanity" side that made Him able to feel and have emotions. He had feelings and emotions already as God, before coming to Earth as a Man.
It seems that some Believers, and unbelievers, (I'm not including you personally) think GOD is above "normal feelings" like what we humans experience. But, HE is not. HE has emotions and feelings. HE created us with them, as we were created in HIS Image. Peace!
---Gordon on 3/27/14

Jesus was/is 100% God and 100% human/man.

As Jesus wept it revealed the complete human side of Him. The care, concern, emotions and love of a human was on display. His responce was just like any other human that had lost a loved one.

His power over death revealed Him as 100% God. His words, "Lazarus come forth" revealed the God side of Him.

This is another example of, "No man spoke as this man" in action and no man loved us as this man, plus no God has provided for us as this God!

Good question. Thanks.
---Elder on 3/27/14

Thanks to all for your insightful comments!
---Thomas on 3/21/14

Trey, I believe you're right. I feel that, too, that Yahushua had compassion for the sisters of Lazarus, and that His weeping was also for them.

"Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep."
ROMANS 12:15
---Gordon on 3/20/14

It has always been my belief that Christ wept because he felt the pain of loss that Mary and Martha were feeling at the loss of their brother. The scriptures teach that Christ has great compassion/pity for his children.

Matt14:14 And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.
---trey on 3/19/14

Look at the other times he wept.

overlooking jerusalem...praying at the garden of gethsemane. ..

This is what his father meant by you (jesus) must die because others will call on you to live.

What he had to do for me makes me weep with sorrow and joy.
---aka on 3/18/14

Bryan...we're you serious about your answer or just being preachy?
---aka on 3/18/14

Because nobody believed him just like today very few people really believe him
---Bryan on 3/18/14

Like Lydia, I believe Yahushua (JESUS) wept because of His love for Lazarus, and that He may have grieved, too, because of the separation and corruption that death brings upon people in general.
Perhaps, mixed in that were 'tears of Joy' in knowing that Lazarus belonged to Him and would, one day, be in Heaven with Him forever.
One thing is for sure, He did not weep out of hopelessness and with a morbid sorrow,
He knew that Lazarus believed in Him.
The Resurrection and the Life.
---Gordon on 3/18/14

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Maybe Jesus wept because no one was believing in Him. Not even His disciples understood when He told them that He was going to awaken Lazarus. Those He loved and held the dearest had no clue what He was talking about even after they had witnessed for themselves all His miracles and wonders.

His time on earth was coming to an end and no one understood. John 11:40 "Said I not unto thee, that if thou would believe, thou should see the glory of God". John 11:15 "And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent you may believe, nevertheless let us go unto him."
---barb on 3/17/14

Jesus wept to show us one of the four faces of God. That He is human ,meaning,understanding our hurts and pain. He felt the pain of losing a friend. So that we trust Him when we are in pain to give us joy.
---Lydia on 3/17/14

tom, very good question. First, Jesus in His humanity, His human nature, was just like any of us. He did show emotions just like we do when people die who are close to us.
Second, the death of Lazarus was foreordained. And we know that because Jesus was told of Lazarus being sick, yet Jesus stayed two more days in the place where He was at. Once Jesus knew Lazarus was asleep, dead, because He is Omniscient, Jesus wanted to go and wake him up, Matthew 11:6-11. Why? to show the people there that Jesus was the resurrection and the life. That is why Jesus allowed Lazarus to die.
Jesus could very well woke him up from where Jesus was at, but He wanted to be present.
---Luke on 3/17/14

good verses
Note also verses 41,42
"And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.
And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me."

Indicates Jesus purpose and heart.
---chria9396 on 3/16/14

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It's easy to miss the reason Jesus wept, if we believe Jesus wept because of Lazarus's death.

Jesus wept because of the sorrow the others felt, and the fact they blamed Jesus for their sorrow. Martha blames Jesus in (John 11:20-21), and Mary blames Jesus in (John 11:32), for their brothers death. Mary didn't even come out to meet Jesus when he came to town in (John 11:20).

They felt, if Jesus would have come when notified Lazarus was sick (John 11:6), he would have lived!
Jesus loved Martha and Mary (John 11:5). And the blame he received, from those he loved, was what caused him to weep.
---David on 3/16/14

This is a pure guess but I feel that, because Jesus was very close to Lazarus AND his two sisters, He would have felt very emotional when He saw the two sisters very distraught because of the 'loss' of their brother. We can all be swept along by the emotions of another person and it is difficult not to cry at the funeral of someone we have never even met. The emotions of others affects us.

Jesus showed anger when he overturned the tables in the temple so I guess He would also experience sorrow/sadness.
---Rita_H on 3/16/14

Maybe the answer lies in verse 33: "Therefore when Jesus saw her weeping and the Jews who came with her weeping, he groaned in the spirit and was troubled."

Also see verse 40.

And what would be the appropriate emotional response? Joy? Nothing?
---Marc on 3/15/14

It was certainly an emotionally charged moment.

They could have been tears of empathy.

St. Paul tells us to rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep.

People often weep at positive moments. How many Miss Americas or people at a wedding cry?

Maybe Jesus had a foretaste of what was coming later in the week?

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 3/15/14

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