Originally published Thursday, 18 October 2012.
When Jesus cried, women were present.
Sometimes He was crying with them, other times they were crying with Him.
Three weeks ago I reread the story of Mary and Martha and Lazarus's death in John 11. (Take a second and read it.)
Jesus wept. (John 11:35)
Did you know, Jesus, when He wept in this story, His weeping was a juxtaposition?
The obvious tell of His weeping was for Lazarus. They were friends and Scripture tell us he was "the one whom Jesus loved." (11:3)
But the juxtaposed tell of Jesus' weeping was Mary. Jesus wept because Mary was weeping. (11:32-35) He mourned with her. He saw her and met her where she was at. He didn't try to console her with reason or miracles. He. just. wept.
There are times when I don't want reason or miracles, I just need to weep. Bitterly, soberly, with my Savior. And knowing that He weeps with me, is one of the most comforting things I have discovered this season.
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*If you're just joining us, for the next 31 days I'll be posting verses that have written pivotal parts of my life story. What are yours?