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“When Jesus saw her sobbing, and the Jews who came with her [also] sobbing, He was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. [He chafed in spirit and sighed and was disturbed]. And He said, Where have you laid him? They said to Him, Lord, come and see. Jesus wept.” John 11: 33-35.

Jesus–our Mighty Savior–the one who fought off temptation for 40 days; the one who could heal; the one who challenged the Pharisees; the one who was beaten and died on the cross for my sins. That same Jesus…wept.

So often during trials or hardships, we view God as far-off or disconnected. We tend to think that God has so many other things, more important things, to be concerned with than our troubles.

However, that’s just not the truth.

These verses in John show me something very important about the nature of our Lord. First, when He saw Mary sobbing He was “deeply moved in spirit and troubled.” It bothered Jesus deeply to see Mary so distraught. When I cry out, when I’m sad, when I’m desperate, when I’m hurt–God sees all of that, and is troubled by it. Psalm 34:18 states, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

And how did Jesus respond to Mary’s anguish? He wept. Weeping is a very “human” reaction to pain and heartache. To me, this is the epitome of Jesus taking the human form. His spirit was moved and He was deeply troubled, so He did what we all do in those circumstances…we cry.

This morning as I read these verses, I felt a huge sense of comfort and peace. I felt like God was wrapping His arms around me and pulling me close. Not only does God see our pain, but He shares in it.

What an amazing God we serve!

Jill Power

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