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The Godwin Family Easter 2015   

I Wonder What Made Jesus Weep 



By Ben Godwin

Two times the Gospels tell us that Jesus wept. The causes give us a glimpse into the heart and nature of God. Certainly Jesus cried many more times during His thirty-three year lifespan. Surely He cried at birth, as all babies do when forced from the cozy womb to take their first gasp of air. He likely cried in pain when He was circumcised on His 8th day to fulfill the Mosaic Law. As an infant, since He was fully human as well as divine, He would have cried when He was hungry, wet, or tired. What about as a kid when He got a splinter, a cut, or stubbed His toe? As a teenager, He no doubt smashed His finger with a hammer in the carpenter shop and tears flowed.

I can’t imagine Jesus holding back the tears when His stepfather Joseph died, leaving Him to help support His younger siblings. Trauma can trigger tears involuntarily, so what about when they scourged Him and the whip dug deep into His back? When the nails pierced His hands and feet? When He absorbed the sin of all Humanity? When His heavenly Father turned His back on Him, He cried out vocally and emotionally, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” Strangely, the Gospels only cite two cases in which Jesus cried:

1. Jesus wept over Jerusalem—Luke 19:41-44.This instance was sandwiched between His triumphant entry into Jerusalem and His cleansing of the Temple. So He experienced the full range of emotions that we face (from glad, to sad, to mad) all in that one day. So what made Jesus weep?

2. Jesus wept at Lazarus’ grave—John 11:35. It’s the shortest verse in the entire Bible, consisting of only two simple, but powerful, words—“Jesus wept.” You mean God cries? Apparently, He did and He does. But why did Jesus cry over Lazarus when He was about to raise him from the dead minutes later? Maybe He didn’t cry over Lazarus. The Bible says, “When Jesus saw her [Mary] weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled” (John 11:33-34). He cried out of compassion for what His dear friends were facing. He was deeply moved by the heartache of His heartbroken friends.

Hebrews 4:15 states, “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities….” In other words, Christ is sensitive to our suffering and understands what we are going through. He is not a distant, impersonal force somewhere out in the universe. No, He is a personal God who is keenly aware of our pain. When we hurt, He hurts! The Apostle Paul used the analogy of believers being the body of Christ with Jesus as the head (1 Corinthians 12). Can any part of your body hurt without your head knowing about it and feeling it too? When you stub your toe, doesn’t your head know that your toe is in pain? Yes, of course! Why? Because pain receptors send a message through your nerves to your brain that your toe hurts. The same is true of the body of Christ. When any part of His body is hurting, Jesus, the head, is acutely aware of it and sympathizes with that member.

Revelation 21:4 provides this promise, “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain….” Perhaps the reason God will wipe our tears away in heaven is because He shed some of His own here on earth. 

Note: this article was recently featured in the Daily Mountain Eagle, a newspaper based in Jasper, Alabama. To read more of Ben's articles, click on the "Articles" link on the menu bar. Also, This message I Wonder What Made Jesus Weep is available on DVD.

 


           Ben preaching at the Goodsprings Full Gospel Church

 Ben at a recent book signing 

Ben Godwin grew up in Tampa, Florida. He was struck by a car while riding a bicycle as a boy. Then he received a miraculous healing and began preaching at the age of thirteen. He has been involved in full-time ministry since 1987. Ben served as an evangelist from 1987 until 1994, when he began pastoral work. For the past fifteen years he has served as the pastor of the Goodsprings Full Gospel Church, thirty miles west of Birmingham, Alabama.

Ben holds a Bachelor of Theology degree from Christian Life School of Theology, based in Columbus, Georgia. He has been blessed to preach across the United States as well as Russia, Canada, Costa Rica, Honduras, and Mexico. He has shared his miracle testimony in hundreds of churches, schools, and youth camps. His testimony has been featured in several magazines and on numerous television and radio programs. He also hosts a weekly TV program called The Word Workshop and writes a monthly column for the Daily Mountain Eagle, a newspaper in Jasper, Alabama.

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If you live in the Jasper, Alabama, area or in Walker, Winston, Fayette, or Jefferson Counties, you can view our telecast on Jasper's new digital TV 16-1 or Charter Cable channel 10. The program can also be seen in parts of Jefferson, Cullman, Fayette, and Tuscaloosa counties. It airs on Mondays @ 9 p.m. and Tuesdays @ 12 (noon). If you live outside the viewing area, you can watch via live stream at TV16HD.com. Our show features Gospel music and Pastor Ben's Sunday sermons. DVD's of each broadcast are available upon request.