David Harsha, "The Savior's Ministry"
'Jesus wept.' John 11:35
The Son of God, the Creator of
universe, the Lord of glory in tears!
How plainly do those tears show the tenderness
of Jesus! And how animating for the mourner in
Zion to think that the heart of Jesus, now that
He reigns in glory, is still full of sympathy, and full
of love for His suffering disciples in this valley of tears!
Oh, this is a sweet, a delightful thought!
Weeping believer, you whose tears
are flowing, come
to Jesus for sympathy, and tell Him all your grief.
He has words of comfort for you; precious promises.
He can console you as none else can.
He is the same in all ages; the same yesterday, today,
and forever. The eye that dropped its tears at the tomb
of Lazarus, will be fixed upon you in all the scenes of
anguish through which you may be called to pass, before
reaching the bright world of everlasting joy.
Remember that He who is now seated on the throne
of heaven, radiant in celestial glory, was once afflicted
on earth, that He might know how to sympathize with
you in the hour your unutterable anguish.
Oh, rejoice that you have so sympathizing a Friend,
who is ready to mitigate your grief, and to conduct you
to those happy mansions, where God shall wipe away
all tears from the eye.
Who can tell how great is the sympathy of the Son
of God, who came from the bosom of the Father; from
the unapproachable splendor of Heaven; to bear our
infirmities, to lighten our burdens, to wipe the tears from
our eyes, and to turn our sorrows into everlasting joys?
Always view Jesus as the great Sympathizer
disciples; and in the time of your keenest anguish,
look to Him for compassion and relief.
He will regard your cries of misery.
Yes, He whose heart felt and bled for sinners, will
speak soothingly to you, and give you a foretaste
of heaven, even in a world of tribulation.
Oh, the ineffable compassion of our blessed Redeemer!
In seasons of devout retirement let us often
muse on these affecting words: "Jesus wept!"