John 11

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Jesus wept.

– John 11:35

Yes, this is the shortest verse in the Bible. If you’ve never undertaken the task of memorizing Scripture, because your memory isn’t so good… you can at least remember John 11:35.

Though this it is an easy task to memorize John 11:35, it isn’t exactly easy to understand why He wept. Did Jesus weep because of the death of His close friend Lazarus? Maybe… though I don’t believe so. Did He weep because because of the weeping of the grieving sisters of Lazarus (Martha and Mary)? Possibly; verse 33 seems to indicate that could be the case. There are several additional theories. Perhaps Jesus wept because of the lack of faith of those at Lazarus’ tomb. Maybe He wept just seeing the general condition of the people’s hearts. It could be that He wept because horrendous nature of death, in general. It could even be possible that He wept with an underlying joy, knowing what He was about to do.

This is one of the little things I look forward to learning when I too rise to new life in His kingdom one day.

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Books on the Gospels

Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah” by Alfred Edersheim