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Jesus Wept

on April 8, 2022
(Eastern Orthodox icon showing Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead)

“Jesus wept” is the shortest and one of the most profound verses in the New Testament. In those two words, we see Jesus’s humanity and feel his pain. It may have taken scholars a few hundred years to officially decide that Jesus was both human and divine, but the people who encountered him during his lifetime felt his Presence and his Power and witnessed both his human nature and his divinity. They were touched and forever changed.

John 11:1 to 12:11 tells the story of Lazarus’ illness and death and Jesus’ miracle:

When Jesus hears that Lazarus is seriously ill, he tells his disciples, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” Two days later, Jesus (knowing that Lazarus is dead) and his disciples set out for Judea. By the time they arrive at their destination, Lazarus has been dead for four days. Lazarus’ sisters, Martha and Mary, remind Jesus that their brother would not have died if Jesus had been there. Surrounded by mourners, Mary falls at Jesus’ feet in despair. Touched by her faith, her love, and her grief, he begins to weep.

At the entrance to the tomb, Jesus cries, “Lazarus, come forth!” Lazarus hears him and emerges from the tomb. The result of this event is two-fold: believers are confirmed in their beliefs and doubters believe; and people who witnessed the miracle inform the Pharisees.

The Pharisees, concerned about their own positions and survival, conspire against Jesus and plot his death. In the meantime, Jesus and his disciples return to Judea to visit Lazarus and his sisters. It is during this visit that Judas Iscariot questions Jesus and his mission and begins to plot against him.

The significance of Lazarus’ resurrection cannot be underestimated. Jesus used Lazarus – someone he loved – to illustrate the glory and power of God and his own role in God’s plan on earth. Lazarus’ death and resurrection foreshadow Jesus’ own fate and emphasize his promise that anybody who believes in him will also be resurrected into a new life.

(“Jesus is Just Alright” – The Doobie Brothers)
(Superstar Scene – Jesus Christ Superstar)
(“Put Your Hand in the Hand” – Ocean)

Happy Easter!

Dawn Pisturino

April 8, 2022

Copyright 2022 Dawn Pisturino. All Rights Reserved.


13 responses to “Jesus Wept

  1. Iowa Life says:

    Great post, Jesus! Gotta luv Him. JC Superstar is a favorite of mine also. “It is given unto us to die once” – so Lazarus died twice? Interesting.

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  2. CristinaJart says:

    πŸ•ŠπŸ‘βœ¨

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  3. utahan15 says:

    come forth and enter the new Jerusalem

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  4. Beautiful message Dawn. Very appropriate for continuing this Lenten season and beyond. Those are some memorable songs you shared as well my friend. πŸ˜πŸŒΊπŸ˜˜πŸ™πŸΌπŸ˜Š

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  5. You’re right in this analysis. Jesus was both human and divine. Happy Easter, dear.

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  6. orededrum says:

    We all need small miracles in certain moments. The ortodox icons and bible stories always gives me faith and confidence. God bless you !

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Great post here. Keep doing God’s work! Thank you

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