Two small words.
Yet they speak volumes about our Savior.
These two words show us, maybe more than any other passage in scripture, the humanity of Christ. His compassion. His investment in His friendships. How deeply he loved, and how intensely he felt sorrow.
Even though He already knew the future outcome of the day’s events, his heart was so moved with tenderness toward Mary and Martha, seeing their deep pain, His tears also flowed.
Seeing Jesus in this light can help us comprehend that He knows our grief and He isn’t indifferent when we suffer.
When Jesus walked into Bethany that day, the bereaved sisters thought He too was late. But they didn’t know He had a plan. ( He always has a plan! ) They couldn’t have known it, but when Lazarus was raised to life they rejoiced in the outcome. I expect Jesus couldn’t wait to see their tears turn to smiles. I also expect Jesus’s tears turned to a smile as well. And I’m sure He welcomed their laughter and grateful hugs.
Jesus understood Mary and Martha’s grief.
Jesus also UNDERSTANDS US.
He was tired.
He was sorrowful.
He was thirsty.
He was betrayed.
He was rejected.
He was beaten.
And ultimately, He was crucified.
If we have felt it, HE has felt it.
He was human in every way we are human.
Except He was without sin.
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin.” HEBREWS 4:15