“Jesus wept.” “Then the Jews said, See how he loves him!”
The Bible notes three times in which Jesus wept: As Mary and the Jews wept because of Lazarus’ death; For the Holy city Jerusalem; and at the Garden of Gethsemane before his arrest. Three times we witnessed through the word the agony and grief consuming Jesus’ heart.
Weeping, however, (in my opinion) erupts from deep within our hearts. We also weep for many reasons: intense grief; loss; betrayal and agony. Weeping hurts. It tears at our hearts and souls, right down to our guts.
Sobbing, in my opinion, and experience, may be a combination of the other two. Hurt, anger, frustration or a physical injury or illness, which continues for too long, can cut to the deepest part of our hearts, right down to our guts. When this happens we sob. Sobbing to me is physical. When I sob my body shakes, I gasp for breath, I may even pound on the bed. Sobbing involves my entire body. It is exhausting.
Then why did He weep?
I believe Jesus openly wept for all to see because of the all-consuming love He has for us. He felt the sorrow of those around him, and this sorrow grasped his heart and his spirit.
“He was deeply moved in spirit and troubled.”
“Jesus wept.” Two moving, gut wrenching words.