Most people who went to church camp as kids know what the shortest verse in the Bible is because they got points for how many verses they could memorize. John 11:35 has only two words—Jesus wept. This may be the shortest verse, but in many ways it is one of the deepest, most meaningful verses in the Bible. It is one of the clearest pictures of Jesus entering fully into the entire human experience. He was fully God—but he was also fully Man. As a human, he experienced the full range of human emotions. Jesus understands the emotions associated with pain, sorrow, abuse, betrayal, physical and mental suffering, because he experienced all of them.
John 11 tells the story of the death and resurrection of Lazarus, a close friend of Jesus. As Jesus looked at Lazarus’ sisters Mary and Martha and their friends weeping and grieving this great loss it touched him deeply and he started weeping. Jesus knew that he was about to raise Lazarus from the dead, but he still cried with them and for them at the grief and pain that death brings. Think about this powerful truth—Jesus knows exactly how we feel! Let that thought sink in for a moment and see if that doesn’t encourage your soul and your prayer life!
Reflections: Ask the Lord to show you the depth of his compassion for you. Don’t be afraid to bring up any feeling or emotion you have to him, knowing he has felt it too. Thank the Lord for his willingness to take on human flesh with all of its physical and emotional pain because he loved us.
When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.