Wednesday, 5 November 2008

John 11:35 - "Jesus wept"

Think of a list of things that make you cry. They could be either of the following:

  • death
  • loss
  • fear
  • pain
  • sadness in our loved ones
  • ultimately not getting what we want

What made Jesus cry?

  • in the afore mentioned passage (John 11), other's misfortunes
  • someone's death
  • others' sadness
  • others' loss
  • others' pain

Jesus was human, just like you and me. Its hard to be like Jesus at the best of times but in a lot of ways we already are. Jesus has emotions, as shown in scripture. Jesus has passion, as proven when he tossed the tables over in the temples on Palm Sunday. Jesus went through pain, most notably at Calvary. He went through sadness, for example with the death of Lazarus. He went through frustration, particularly with his disciples. He also tasted happiness, lovingness and worship towards his Father.

Some of this may be stating the obvious but these are basics. Do you see yourself in any of the afore-mentioned qualities?

When Jesus was happy, loving and compassionate, he was also forgiving, he led by his and Father's example, and he befriended people who were "inferior" or seen in a generally lower social stature. Do you still see yourself in any of these qualities?

Jesus showed many emotions and our aim is "To be like Jesus". That's a challenge to us all. What we have is good but we must not stop there. We must allow him to continue working on us.

"To be like Jesus, this hope possesses me; in every thought and deed, this is my aim, my creed"

I pray we continue this learning process on a daily basis and let nothing worldy distract or derail us from this journey.

dw :)