During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.
Hebrews 5:7 (NIV)
In my last post I mentioned that God sees our tears when we face major issues in our lives. My last post used an incident from the life of Hezekiah recorded in 2 Kings and this might seem a world away from your own life. It would be easy to think that how God reacted in the Old Testament doesn’t really apply to you today.
In this post I want to show you that while on earth Jesus, as fully God and fully human, was moved to tears on a number of occasions.
Most people are familiar with the Bible’s shortest verse ‘Jesus wept’ (John 11:35), where Jesus was moved to tears as he came to meet Mary and Martha at the tomb of their brother Lazarus. In the John account we read on two occasions that Jesus was ‘… deeply moved in spirit’.
As Jesus approached Jerusalem, only days from his crucifixion, he was again moved to tears. In Luke 19:41 we read: As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it.
Another incident that comes to mind is the times of prayer Jesus had when in the Garden of Gethsemane, prior to his arrest and crucifixion. This again reinforces the view that Jesus knows and understands the human emotions involved in real sadness.
If you are ever tempted to think that God doesn’t understand your tears, remember the life of Jesus. He was moved to tears on a number of occasions when he was deeply moved in spirit. God not only sees your tears, he feels them as well.