Jesus wept. This is the shortest verse in the entire Bible. In the context of this scripture, Jesus was moved with great compassion because His friend had just died. Since Jesus and God are the same, we can actually see the true heart of God towards His creation.Here we see how God loved and cared deeply while in His humanity on this earth. God still cares even though He seems removed from this earth at this time. Physically He is not here. However, His Spirit is always here drawing those who are seeking after God to Himself at any time One always has an opportunity to meet God.
This week I heard so many horrible things on TV-many senseless killings. So many innocent people dying because of other people’s sinful behavior. Scripture says “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23) These incidents are not social or environmental issues, these are blatant choices of sin. We are not in a time or place where there is an act of war going on. These are ordinary people choosing to harm others because of their own anger, greed, envy, covetousness or, whatever. The breakdown of our society is frightening- not just for us at this present time, but even for all the generations that will follow. People are more and more desensitized to sin and are so much more unashamed by it. I am certain that God is weeping over His creation and what they are doing to one another. Believe it or not, it not a surprise to God when any of these occurrences happen.
You see, God is Sovereign which means nothing can happen without His knowing. We will never understand why certain things occur. But, my hope is that even when it is something terrible, a person would run to God and not from Him. “The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.” (Nahum 1:7) Jesus really does feel the weight of this world. He understands because He experienced everything we go through-every emotion, every temptation. “But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.”. (Hebrews.2:9) “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” (1 Peter 2:24) Yes, Jesus understands our earthly sorrow. In my mind I would suppose that Jesus would even defend us in tears as He stands in between God and Satan. Satan accuses and slanders us to God-and Jesus will say of those who belong to Him, “I paid their transgressions when I dies on the cross-they are forgiven!”
The heart of God is very real. He feels our pain as if it were His own. He is even willing to carry it for us and to stand by us when we are going through the valley of the shadow of death. That’s why God says for us to “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)
Even when life has it’s seasons of tragedy, we still have a choice as to how we will respond. God is always there waiting for us to call upon Him because He loves us and cares for is. “This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.” Deuteronomy 30:19