Jesus wept. John 11:35
Jesus wept three times during His ministry, as recorded in the Gospels. Once was in John 11, when He wept by the graveside of Lazarus. He obviously knew He was going to raise Lazarus back to life, but perhaps Jesus was entering into all the sorrows borne by humans because of the awful sadness of death.
A few days later, Jesus again shed tears. As He drew near Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, “He saw the city and wept over it” (Luke 19:41). He was weeping because of their rejection of Him and the coming judgment that would entail.
And yet again, a few days later, He wept in the Garden of Gethsemane as He surrendered Himself to His Father’s will. According to Hebrews 5:7, “In the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him, who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear.”
In the same way, we should have deep emotions when we accept the reality of death, the judgment of the lost, and the depth of our own submission to God. Those are godly tears, and they will be richly rewarded.
He drank a cup of wrath without mercy, that we might drink a cup of mercy without wrath. J. Oswald Sanders
John 11:1-35 – Skip Heitzig