When she had said this, she went and called her sister Mary, saying in private, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.” And when she heard it, she rose quickly and went to him. Now Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was still in the place where Martha had met him. When the Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary rise quickly and go out, they followed her, supposing that she was going to the tomb to weep there. 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. So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man also have kept this man from dying?” John 11:28-37
John 11:35, “Jesus wept.” Is a favorite verse for kids memorizing Bible verses. Just two words and yet in those two words we see the humanity of Jesus. As God Jesus knew exactly what was going to happen to Lazarus but as a man Jesus felt the pain Mary and Martha felt at the loss of their brother. But Jesus also felt the loss of His friend, however how short that loss would be.
We Christians get so caught up in the deity of Jesus that we sometime put His humanity aside. Part of the reason is the need to respond to critics who view Jesus as just a man if they admit to His existence at all. Yet we cannot let our arguing for Jesus’ deity to get in the way of His humanity. If not for His humanity then there would have been no sacrifice and no reconciliation between man and God.
There were still doubters in the crowd. Why, they wondered did Jesus wait? If He really did all they say He did then couldn’t He have healed Lazarus? Of course not, four days after Lazarus died, all hope was lost. Yet, with God all is possible and here we will see the divine in Jesus. We just cannot separate Jesus’ two natures. He is fully God and yet fully man. I don’t understand it and I cannot tell you how it works. All I can do is point to the evidence in God’s word. For too many, if they cannot understand how something works, they refuse to believe. In doing so, they miss out on the greatest gift ever.
Have a blessed day,