Jesus Weeps Because He Knows

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Since I became a Christian, one of the shortest verses in the Bible continues to keep me in awe. John 11:35 only says “Jesus wept.” Of course, context is necessary here to understand how powerful that is. The story unfolds in John 11:1-44. A man named Lazarus fell ill and died. John writes that “…Jesus loved Martha and her sister (Mary) and Lazarus.” After being called for, Jesus made his way to where Lazarus had been buried for four days. While still outside the village, Mary came to Him and was weeping for the loss of Lazarus and the people that accompanied her were also in tears. John tells us that Jesus “…was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled.” And then “Jesus wept.” Jesus then goes to the tomb, tells the people to move the stone entrance, and prays “Father, I thank you that you have heard me…

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