When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews with her also weeping, He was deeply moved and troubled. . . . Jesus wept.
Click John 11:4 to read the chapter in context.
He knew the outcome of that day, and that the miracle He planned showed the power and glory of God: and the wonderful joy prepared for all who stood by the tomb.
But when Mary grieved, He wept because He felt the pain of the sisters and the others who stood there.
The Holy Spirit lives in His people. Our hurts are His hurts.
In this illustration by Thomas Blackshear, the man collapses, unable to go on. Jesus holds us up until we can stand on our own feet. Once again, It represented the grace of God. Jesus feels all the punishment we inflict on ourselves, and others inflict on us.
God must allow testing, for His glory; or our discipline, growth, and salvation, but He doesn’t do so thoughtlessly. Imagine your pain times the billions of people who suffer at this moment. Jesus carries it all.
In the old days, parents told their children as they spanked them, "This hurts me worse." But as the Lord allows necessary hardship in our lives, He suffers for us more than our parents. How great is our God. He knows the glorious miracles that await us in eternity through repentance.
And the joys in our lifetimes.
Dear Lord, Thank You for Your love for us. Please let me remember that You suffer with me and that my suffering leads to joy.
Painting: Forgiven, Thomas Blackshear II, Also does Western Art, Gallery