Almost everyone has heard that John 11:35 is the shortest verse in the Bible and many have explained it, but as you know I usually have a slightly different view and this is no exception.
Most say that Jesus wept over Israel and I would agree that it was part of the reason. However, I think there was more to it.
When everyone else is crying it is very easy to be caught up in all of the sadness and Jesus was no exception, as He was man as well as God.
Jesus was sad because Mary was weeping and He knew that she was upset because her brother had died. Then many, if not most, of those who were following Mary were lost and would not turn to God; even though Jesus was going to die for them. This must have greatly saddened Jesus, as there was nothing more that He could do for them.
Imagine how Jesus must have felt when He considered this. If I were Jesus I would have just got mad at them, but Jesus is like our Father and is so full of love that there is no room for hate in His mind.
There is one thing that I see that others have not mentioned. Perhaps it is common knowledge and I just missed it, but just in case it not common knowledge. I will try to explain it.
We look at the miracle of the resurrection of Lazarus as a wonderful thing and it was, when viewed from the lesson that was taught by it. However, let us view it from a different angle.
Lazarus had died. He had gone through the agony of death and was safe from the world. Jesus was about to raise him from the grave and place him right back into the world, where he was again in danger of Satan.
Then there were the chief priests and the Pharisees.
(John 12:9-11 NIV) “Meanwhile a large crowd of Jews found out that Jesus was there and came, not only because of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus as well, for on account of him many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and putting their faith in him.”
The method of operation of the Pharisees was to convince the Romans the person, that they wanted murdered, was a criminal and then, when they were convinced, the Romans would execute the person by crucifixion. .
Imagine that you are Jesus. You are about to raise someone that you love, from the depth of safety, placing that person in great danger, facing the same kind of death on the cross as you face. And for what? Even though both will die, only a few will understand and turn to our Father!
No wonder Jesus wept.