Psalm 6:8-9 A Prayer of Faith in Time of Distress
John 11:33-35 Jesus and Death-Jesus Wept
Psalm 6:8-9 Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity; for the Lord has heard the voice of my weeping. (9) The Lord has heard my supplication; the Lord will receive my prayers.
“Don’t Cry.” How quick are we to say those words. A broken toy for a child or a broken heart for ourselves or love one: “Don’t cry, you’ll get over it.” A lost pet or a lost parent, grandparent, spouse, child, or friend: Don’t cry, time heals all hurts.
I was ready to say “Don’t cry” until I read “Jesus once more deeply moved came to the tomb.” Standing with Martha and Mary at that stone-sealed cave Jesus’ tears flowed.
John 11:33-35 Therefore, when Jesus saw her weeping, and Jews who came with her weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled. (34) And He said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to Him, “Lord come and see.”
(35) Jesus wept.
Jesus knowing He would raise Lazarus, He did not smile and say “Don’t cry, I’ll take care of everything.” At that tomb Jesus was confronted by Death, the enemy who shatters family circles. Jesus shared with Martha and Mary in their sorrow and bitter tears. Brothers and Sisters, death, loss and separation were painful. Lazarus’s chair was empty just as you and I have empty chairs.
Jesus is the resurrection and the Life. But that glory does not harden His heart. He cries tears that are honest but not hopeless. They are hope filled because Jesus who cries has taken His tears along with His victory all the way from the tomb to His throne. King Jesus, still weeps with His sisters and brothers, even as He points us to resurrection.
Heavenly Father, help us to be ready to “weep with those who weep.” in the clear assurance that Jesus is indeed the Resurrection and the Life.
Accept Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, today. Today is the day of salvation. Now is the accepted time. You may not have tomorrow. Salvation is free. Have a Blessed Day.
Written By Edward Jeffries