JESUS WEPT

Have you run into someone who tells you that they know what the shortest verse in the Bible is?  Sure enough they will quote John 11:35 “Jesus wept.”  The fun part follows when you ask them for the entire story surrounding that verse.  Few can address the context with the story of Lazarus.

This verse brings into focus what is called a theanthropos.  Jesus Christ was perfect man and perfect God.  Later in the story we read the words: “Lazarus, come forth”; which is indicative of the fact that He had to be God to command a man who had been dead for “four days” to come forth from the grave.

Recently someone said that Jesus was not perfect.  With due respect to the individual, he is limited in his understanding of who Jesus was.  

In reading through the Scriptures we are made aware of the fact that Jesus was God incarnate.  To believe that Jesus Christ sinned, you must also believe that God Himself sinned and that the Holy Spirit sinned.  Such thinking is far removed from what the Scriptures teach.

I must go a little further.  The content and context of that statement in John 11:35 demands that we look at the entire story.  In particular I must quote from the next verse, “So the Jews were saying, “See how He loved him!”  The entire account of the life of Jesus Christ is basically that: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.  For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.  He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten son of God.” (John 3:16-18)

God so loved those who listened that day, and you and me, that He reached out in His love, and made it possible through the sacrifice of His perfect Son, theanthropos, to offer salvation to those who would believe.

I remember so well hearing a gentleman say: “We only believe that which activates us!”  Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved!

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