By Marlana Branning


 “Jesus wept.” John 11:35 


This may be the shortest verse in Scripture, but it carries a deep meaning. Jesus was experiencing genuine grief over the death of His dear friend Lazarus. He was filled with compassion as he saw the pain Mary and Martha were feeling at the loss of their brother. The scripture tells us that Jesus was “deeply moved in His spirit and greatly troubled.”

   Isn’t it comforting to know that even the sinless and perfect Son of God had deep emotions? It is easy for us to see tears as a sign of weakness. But in reality, it is a sign of good emotional and spiritual health when we can express our true hearts to the Lord. Even Jesus let His suffering be poured out through tears. In Hebrews 4:16, we are told that when we draw near to the Lord in times of trouble, we will receive grace and mercy. We are blessed to serve a God who understands our deepest emotions, and consistently gives us what we need in our time of trouble.



   Let’s work on being honest with the Lord about how we are truly feeling. If you are experiencing deep suffering or grief, write down your feelings to God in a journal or cry out to Him in prayer. Then, watch the Lord bring comfort and peace to your heart. 



Memorize Hebrews 4:16: “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”



Memorize John 11:35 with your children and talk about why the verse is important. 



Jesus, thank You for demonstrating what it means to be deeply moved by our circumstances. I pray that You would help me to know how to properly bring my emotions to You so I can receive mercy and grace in my time of need.