Tears are part of everyone’s life. In our reading from John 11 this week, tears are part of Jesus’ life.
There are many tears in the Bible
- Hagar cried as she thought she and her son, Ishmael, were going to die in the wilderness (Gen 21:16-17)
- God saw King Hezekiah’s tears and healed him (2 Kings 20:5)
- Job, as his friends scorned him, “poured out tears to God.” (Job 16:20)
- King David wrote about his tears in the Psalms (6 and 42, at least)
- Jeremiah’s tears were for the Israelites. (Jeremiah 9:1)
- Paul cried for the churches he wrote to. (2 Corinthians 2:4)
- Another Psalmist showed how tears are so common to the human condition – “Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD.” (Psalm 130:1)
- There are more sad expressions in Psalm 22, 88, 51 and 143
- And in one of the shortest verses of the Bible – Jesus was overcome with sorrow at the death of his friend, Lazarus. “Jesus began to weep.” (John 11:35)
We are not alone.
God knows our tears.