Why Did Jesus Weep Knowing He Would Raise Lazarus?

Question

Why did Jesus weep knowing He would raise Lazarus from the dead?

Answer

Jesus' raising of Lazarus from the grave is, perhaps, the most wonderful of all the miracles He performed. In the account we see Jesus' humanity. Jesus wept just like we do when we feel the sting of death. We also read of His great love and compassion for His friends. Significantly, and often overlooked, we also read of His dependence on His Father and His desire to do God's will. Let's first take a look at the text and then address the question of why Jesus wept.

John 11 – The Raising of Lazarus

Lazarus is called "a certain man" in verse 1. He was not just any man. Lazarus was loved by Jesus, and it was known by others. This is revealed by the words of his sisters, in the message they sent to Jesus, "...Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick" (John 11:3).

When Jesus heard of Lazarus' sickness, He said, "This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it" (John 11:4). Verse 4 reveals a purpose in Lazarus' sickness, and verse 5 further confirms Jesus' love: "Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus."

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