Then Jesus wept. (John 11:35) Why?

United States
May 9, 2007 10:10am CST
This verse is the shortest verse in the NLT Bible (and other translations). I have started research on a manuscript I'm writing for college and am genuinely interested in other's opinions on why did Jesus weep? Why would God let us know that He cried? There are not necessarily any right answers, I'm simply wanting any and all insights as I truly believe 'dynamite comes in small packages' and this three word sentence is something that is thought provoking in its simplicity. Let me know your thoughts, Christian and non-Christian alike.
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• Kottayam, India
9 May 07
Jesus Christ incarnated on the earth God in human form cried because of your sins and consequences on that sin without mercy poured up on himself.Written on the la
• Kottayam, India
10 May 07
sorry for left.
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• United States
10 May 07
That's okay. Feel free to finish your thoughts on this Elshadddai. I would like to hear the rest of what you were saying.
• Kottayam, India
10 May 07
Dear Brother, I felt just sleepy,and left out.What was written on the stone were against us(Law)but Jesus Christ came to remove that and establish His Kingdom, fulfilling every requirement of law. God's standard nobody else could fulfill.He has taken my cry & your cry when uttered from the cross My God,My God why thou has forsaken me,crying for the entire humanity. He made our cry into dacing, Happy, Happy day that fixed my choice with Jesus Christ.
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• United States
27 May 07
Jesus wept because His people did not know the Scriptures. He rode into Jerusalem on the donkey on the exact day as had been foretold centuries before. Daniel was told by the Angel Gabriel the exact day that the Messiah the King would enter Jerusalem. The Scribes and the Pharisees who should have known the date, didn't understand. I think the common people did to a degree but didn't know how to respond after His entry. That is why He wept. He loves the Jewish people and they weren't expecting Him on the appointed day. But then I wonder if they had received Him then, where would the rest of us be? He came to His own and they received Him not. That opened the door for salvation to the rest of us. The day will come when the Jewish people will call out for their Messiah and He will come to them then.
• United States
28 May 07
I wonder too, though history continues to repeat itself - there are still many who do not believe though the proof sits before them they fail to see.
• United States
14 May 07
I'm glad that God did let us know of the compassion shown thru the scripture of(John 11:35). When we see this,we know that when he has spoken of other things in the bible of "Forgive them for they know not what they do"(Luke 23:34) and other such things that he pleads for us humans to his father is true feelings that at this time(John 11:35) became so much that it made him have tears, not much less of how when he prayed (Luke 22:44) and his sweat turned to blood. These are all ways that God showed us the humanness of our Lord Jesus Christ, and just how very much his feelings mattered. I pray some of these scriptures will also help you on your manuscript for college. Blessings to you! Eternally Living to Glorify Jesus Christ, Latisha
• United States
26 May 07
Thanks Latisha!! God Bless you!!
• United States
12 May 07
I think it was two reasons: 1. Jesus was born God but he was also man and mankind has emotions and feelings. Jesus as a man, wept with man, and thus sympathized with the sorrow of the sisters and friends of Lazarus. Although Martha made it clear that she believed she would see Lazarus again in the resurrection, when she and Lazarus would be re-united, still she was experiencing sorrow NOW, since she would not see her brother and be spending time with him here on earth. So Jesus empathized with her sadness. 2. I think that Jesus was sorry for the unbelief and hypocrisy that the Pharisees were dispaying. They were supposed to be the religious leaders, and they did not recognize who he was, they were just looking for a way to catch him and get rid of him and his teachings that were 'undermining' their authority. Jesus wept over Jerusalem and here He also weeps for unbelief and sorrow over the hardness of the hearts of those there at the tomb who were just there to catch him doing something to condemn himself.
• United States
26 May 07
Interesting and well stated - Thank You!!
@dlkuku (1936)
• United States
9 May 07
As a believer, I take great comfort in the fact that Jesus wept. When I sorrow, when I cry, I don't want to approach a cold and impersonal God, but One who understands me. This verse shows God's empathetic nature, and makes Him approachable.
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• United States
10 May 07
I take comfort in recognizing that deity shows sorrow and other emotions too and I'm thankful to be born in the image of such a personal God!! I, however, am grieved by His weeping as I'm curious if He doesn't still weep knowing there are still many and more than then those who do not believe in His redemption and salvation?
@loved1 (5336)
• United States
9 May 07
The footnotes in my bible give a few explanations. The Greek concept of God (that was popular at the time) was an emotionless God who was not involved with humans. Jesus often expressed deep emotion, perhaps to show that he can understand emotions the way we do(and experienced them). Perhaps he empathized with their grief or was troubled by their unbelief but either way, He cares enough about us to weep when we weep. I think He wants us to know we can come to him with our joys and sorrows alike, because he is able to understand what we are feeling. He has experienced the same thing.
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• United States
10 May 07
I like devotional and study Bibles as they offer explanations throughout. I must confess I tend to cry when I'm angry or frustrated. Empathy is another emotion that leads me to shed tears. Yet, troubled by unbelief I wonder . . . considering who we are talking about weeping . . . could it be a state of being troubled that even with His evidences as the Son of God, God Himself in human form, cries because those around Him still were not believing? Thanks for your insight!!
@IL2Knit (1141)
• United States
21 Jun 07
I don't think there is just one reason. Jesus loved his friends as we love ours. He saw and felt their greaf. He saw their tears. He shared that with them. I think it also in part bc of the lack of fath in Him in the sense that He had the power to heal but they didn't get that Jesus is never too late. Jesus is always on time.