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Perhaps He was crying because he knew that Lazarus had suffered. Even if I could bring my own children back from the dead, I would still weep if one of them was abducted, assaulted, and killed.I suppose however, most people say He cried because of their unbelief.
Out of sorrow for humanity in general.Lazarus would be raised, but death had not yet been defeated. Men and women would continue to know the curse of death.Every Blessing in ChristMatthew
He had a genuine love for Lazuras and family--He had empathy for the angst that the sisters and family were experiencing. He truly entered into the human experience (kenosis Phil 2:5-8); and I think this is an amazing expression of that reality.I think this beautifully demonstrates our Lord, a MAN of sorrows acquainted with grief.Thnx for this question, Jim!In Christ,Bobby
Thanks gentlemen for your comments. I hope to share my own thoughts soon on this one.Come on folks, please leave a comment here on your thoughts.God bless!
He was distressed over the human condition. He was sad.
Rose~Could you be a bit more specific?
Well, He created this world. He had seen in His mind's eye, what we were meant to be ... had sin not entered. Here, he was encountering the tragedy of sin: death. He wept. Truly he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows. He was truly God, and He was truly a man ... the theanthropos, the beautiful hypostatic union. Thank you for making me think of the great uniqueness of His being just now, Jim. ... that He would stoop to our level ... and weep for all of us, even one of us, ... what a wonder!
Thanks Rose~Our human compassions are but a shadow of the divine love Christ has for each one of us.God bless,Jim
If you notice when Mary came out to him with a group of others and then seemed to be questioning Him like they...he groaned within himself. I mean she was the one who was one of the closest to him, but now she was questioning Him as well.Oh the Human Spirit has so much rejection for Him. I believe I would weep as well if I were Him when I had nothing but love to give in return.
Bhedr,I think you may be on the right track here. Could you expound on those thoughts a bit more?God bless,Jim
Well God saves us for His pleasure and He was raising Lazurus for that same purpose, yet every one had their eyes on the temporal and wanting God to give them an answer for what seemed to be cold and calloused. He waited around while Lazarus died.Martha was one who needed an answer to believe. I think Mary who had her eyes on Jesus only and was not encumbered with all other cares understood Jesus' plight and the rejection He faced and loved Him deeply for loving Her in spite of herself.Everyone else seemed to think God owed them something. Now Mary was comming out and joining the crowd. It is true that God pities the Human Condition but what is devastating is that we demand that God respond to us instead of coming to terms with the hatred in our hearts that reject Him and being broken by love He gave and accepting that love. This is why most feel His love is just not worth the effort. If we understand what our sin cost Jesus then I think we will get our eyes off of the Human condition and get them on God and His Glory.I just went through a period where i became like Mary in some respects and allowed myself to be affected by other opinions in the same way Mary was.Here was the one girl who had her eyes on him and now she was putting them on humnanity being a victim rather than Christ.Of course I am not God, but we have clues all throughout the Bible as to why he weeps and groans. Consider His love for Israel in Ezekiel 16
How would we know the Love of God and how much beings given their own will would envy it so and hate Him. This will belongs to God. How would we ever know the love of God unless we could see the rejection He faced and How he loved us in spite of us hating Him?How a Spirit like that can exist. I do not know, but it is unfathomable and we would have never known it unlesss God would allow Adam to die in the same way He allowed Lazarus to die.His suffering is eternal as he continues to suffer this hatred of Him in this world.When Paul persecuted the Church, he asked Him why he persecuted Him as we are now Baptised into this Love and can now share in an understanding of His suffering and the Hatred men have for Him.I think you understand this Jim as you told Antonio that He is now beginning to see this. It will all come for Him in time. Satan is a blacksmith, but God uses Him to fashion men and women to understand Him. We wrestle not against flesh and blood.
Bhedr,Thanks for your thoughts...I would agree that we spurn God's love numerous times. Yet He still loves and continues to love, what a marvelous saviour we have.I think one thing that really grieved His heart was their lack of belief in Him being God in the flesh. They had seen His miracles and still doubted His ability to raise Lazarus from the dead.Thanks again for your thoughts.In Christ,Jim
I guess what is at stake for and what is the bottom line is that man Put their Faith in Yeshua and not the Human Spirit.I don't know how to articulate or communicate this. This can only occur by the Hearing of the word with the power of the Holy Spirit.it is so obvious and simple yet for some reason so hard to accept and I think this is why Jesus continues to weep.You are correct. he weeps over unbelief
Bhedr,I truly think unbelief is the greatest sin we can have. It is this that prevents the sinners from experiencing forgiveness and salvation. It also prevents the saint from seeing the depths of God's riches and supply.God bless,Jim
I would agree wholeheartedly. What I appreciate that you see is there is a potential for Antonio to be a faithful witness once God burns this dross off of Him.The only real argument I've had with Him is that God's message must penetrate the conscious. I would agree with him that we all have the tendancey to add and confuse the message. It is my prayer that he come to understand the need for the soul of man to understand mercy so that he can understand grace.
IOW we can also take away from grace and confuse the message by making men think that God owes them something.I hope I have articulated what is in my heart. I think there is a lot of self justification out here that men do not understand and cannot see; hence the message of Grace is cheapened.
He paid a debt He didn't owe!We owe a debt we couldn't pay!I will take His mercy on this one.
Amen.Satan fell from heaven like a bolt of lightening and he sinned just once. Rejoice that our names are written in heaven in spite of the fact that we have the same spirit he does Ephesians 2 and that he has loved us in spite of all of this.
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