Jesus wept, too.
Jesus wept. So the Jews said, “See how He loved him!”
John 11:35-36 (HCSB)
I have cried – a lot. When going through chemo treatments, I cried every morning. Before a foot touched the floor, a tear hit my pillow. Many tears were from just being sick. Many were because I was just so sad. I was sad that I was sick and that life seemed to have stopped for me while it moved on for everyone else. I was sad because my family hurt for me. I felt responsible for their sorrow.
Through another surgery last week, I became sad again. Same hospital, same recovery room, same sadness.
I used to feel guilty for being sad.
But then God reminded me; Jesus was sad, too. He felt it – like me. And when He was sad He wept – like me. When his friend Lazarus died, the Bible tells us, “Jesus wept.” This verse, the shortest in the Bible, tells me that Jesus understands me.
He knows how I feel.
The One, who cried, suffers with us.
Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
Isaiah 53:4 (ESV)
The One, who cried, keeps a record of our tears.
You’ve kept track of every toss and turn
through the sleepless nights,
Each tear entered in your ledger,
Each ache written in your book.
Psalm 56:8 (MSG)
The One, who cried, takes our tears away.
He will wipe away every tear from their
Death will no longer exist;
Grief, crying, and pain will exist no longer,
Because the previous things have passed away.
Revelation 21:4 (HCSB)
He is in it with us from beginning to end.
I love how Jesus came. Fully man. Fully God. It had to be this way because it is perfect. Who else could love us this way? He is my hope, my future and I will see Him face to face. This too makes me cry. Not in sadness but in full joy and wonder that He lives each moment, of each day, with me. There is not a road that I will walk that He does not know.
Lord, I pray for every tear that falls, from every sadness, in cancer. Thank you that they are precious to You and that You care for each one because You love us. Thank You for having gone before us and experiencing, intimately, all that we feel. Encourage our hearts that you live each moment of each day with us, from beginning to end, so that we will have tears of joy.
I pray you Live Like You Know… where you are going.