grief

Jesus groaned

One of the most impressive things about Jesus was how much he cared for people.

The Greek concept of God was that of an impersonal and uncaring being. In fact, the Greeks thought their gods were just too self-centered to care. Greeks could not conceive of a deity that could sympathize with humans. The thought was foreign to them.

Yet, Jesus showed great compassion for people. In John 11:33, the sight of Mary weeping evoked powerful emotion from Jesus. The verse tells us, “When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, He was deeply moved in spirit and was troubled” (John 11:33 NASB).

The phrase, “deeply moved in spirit,” is perhaps not strong enough. The word for this phrase in the language of the New Testament could mean that Jesus was angry, but this meaning does not reflect the context. While seeing Mary weeping, Jesus’ response was that he cared so much he moaned with grief. He groaned out loud.

Jesus shows us a divine being who cares. When we are in anguish, he is, too. When we are brought to tears by the sorrows of this world, Jesus shares our feelings of grief.

Do you grieve over the loss of a loved one, or because of illness or other problems? Do you have the kind of sorrow that brings tears of grief and the sobs of loss? In this passage, Jesus demonstrates that he cares about you. He cares because he loves you and made you in the image of God.

The author of Hebrews wrote, “For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15 NASB).

It is easy to share the feelings of the Greeks about God. Sometimes we think God is so far away from us and think, “How can he care about me?” It is easy to feel as though we don’t matter to anyone. We matter to Jesus. We serve a Savior who can feel our very emotions and cares more than we may know about us. Indeed, he hurts when we do.

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John Henson

Born in Nashville, Tennessee, John Henson has been a husband for 40 years and a preacher for about half that. He currently serves as the preacher for the Dibrell Church of Christ in McMinnville, Tennessee..

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