The Emotions of Jesus
Daily Bible Reading – Jeremiah 3, 4; John 11
Today’s Key Passage – John 11:32-36
Have you ever noticed that some cars look like they have emotions? Most car manufacturers design the front of their cars with a particular emotion in mind, and that comes through in the placement and shape of the grill and headlights. Some cars look happy, while others might look sad or angry. I remember as a child when we would go on family road trips, I would often try to pass the time looking for the different emotions in the cars that were going by on the other side of the highway. Interestingly, while it is relatively easy for most of us to picture a car having emotions, it can sometimes be more difficult for us to picture God having them.
Many people tend to think of God as a mysterious being in the sky who watches the world without any emotion. They tend to believe that God simply does not care that much about us, which is why he “allows” so many bad things to happen. As we read His Word, however, we quickly realize that this is not an accurate reflection of God at all. In fact, when God walked the earth in the person of Jesus Christ, He displayed many different emotions. He showed righteous anger when driving the moneychangers from the temple. He rejoiced when the seventy disciples returned from their journey. He was even frustrated with the lack of faith found in the people around Him. In today’s key passage, we find possibly the most descriptive story in the Bible of Jesus’ emotions. As He witnessed the mourning of Martha and Mary over the death of their brother, He was “deeply moved in spirit and troubled.” (Vs. 33) He was so moved, in fact, that He wept. (Vs. 34) Now keep in mind that Jesus did not weep because He was mourning the death of Lazarus, because He knew He was going to raise Lazarus from the dead at any moment. He wept for Martha and Mary because of His heartbroken compassion and love for them.
Our God is a never-changing God. He still weeps today over things that He sees. He is still deeply moved in spirit and troubled over things in this world. As we grow closer to Christ, we will find that eventually we will start to weep over the same things He weeps for and will be moved and troubled over the same things that move and trouble Him. When our hearts start to break over the same things that break His, we know we are moving in the right direction.
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