March 15, 2015

The Station of Prayer (Jesus in Gethsemane)

John 11:32-37

“Jesus wept” is the shortest and yet the deepest verse in Scripture. His was a silent weeping (the Greek word is used nowhere else in the New Testament) and not the loud lamentation of the mourners in 11:33. But why did he weep at all? After all, Jesus knew he would raise Lazarus from the dead (John 11:11).

Jesus’ weeping reveals his humanity. He has entered into all of our experiences and knows how we feel. In fact, being the perfect God-man, Jesus experienced these things in a deeper way than we do. His tears assure us of his sympathy; he is indeed “a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief” (Isaiah 53:3). Today, he is our merciful and faithful High Priest. We may come before his throne of grace and find all the gracious help, love, and understanding we need (Hebrews 4:14-16).