“Now when Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet, saying to him, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.’ When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled. And he said, ‘Where have you laid him?’ They said to him, ‘Lord, come and see.’ Jesus wept.” John 11:32-35
Our Lord weeps with us. The great, all-powerful, all-knowing God of the universe weeps with us. Jesus knew what was going to happen here. He knew that He was about to raise Lazarus from the dead and the circumstances that were causing these tears were about to change dramatically. He knew that the faith of those who believed in Him would be strengthened and the Son of Man would be glorified. He knew that there was great purpose here—that this would set firmly in motion the events leading to the cross, to His death.
But knowing all of that doesn’t stop it from affecting His heart. Seeing the grief of those He loves, He weeps with them. He feels their hurt, their confusion, their despair. He doesn’t berate them for lack of faith, but instead responds with compassionate love and meets them where they are.
Colossians 1 describes Jesus as the “image of the invisible God…For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell” (Colossians 1:15,19). So when we look at Christ, we see the heart of God. We see His compassion. We see His grace. We see His understanding and His power. These verses in the Gospel of John can be a great comfort and encouragement to us. Because they show us the compassionate love of our Lord. He is deeply moved in our grief. Knowing what is going on in our lives, knowing how He will work in us, deliver us, be glorified through us and our circumstances, knowing His every purpose, our Lord still weeps with us.
So let us draw near, knowing how He cares for us. Trusting that He understands and that His goodness and mercy are pursuing us all the days of our life. We can fall at His feet and pour out our heart, and He will meet us here.