When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. “Where have you laid him?” he asked. “Come and see, Lord,” they replied. Jesus wept. Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”
Jesus is not distant and detached from our everyday lives. He is not unaware of the pain and heartache that we feel. Jesus shares an emotional moment here with Mary, sister to Lazarus, who has just died. Mary believes her brother to be dead for good, and addresses Jesus as if there may have been something he could do (past tense). Jesus’ response reveals to us that God desires relationship with us, not simply to rule over us. He weeps with Mary and experiences her loss, even though I’m sure He is aware of what He is going to do next. I cannot imagine the complexity of how Jesus is able to do this, but He is. Case and point: there is healing in showing God your emotions. Become vulnerable before the throne of grace and look to Him to restore you. He is able to do it!
Verse/Commentary courtesy of ‘Verse-A-Day’ android app.