What makes a man cry? We are taught from a very early age to be tough and strong, and to keep it in. I went to a high school where caning of students for wrongdoing was part of the mix of disciplinary action. It was common for boys to hold back the tears as part of displaying courage and bravery. So what would make a man cry?
What would make Jesus cry? Why would the messiah of the world cry? Why would a man with firm and sound mind like Jesus cry like we are told he did in John 11: 32-35 (New Living Translation):
When Mary arrived and saw Jesus, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died.” When Jesus saw her weeping and saw the other people wailing with her, a deep anger welled up within him, and he was deeply troubled. “Where have you put him?” he asked them. They told him, “Lord, come and see.” Then Jesus wept.
What would make Jesus weep? There could be plenty of explanations; the more obvious would be love, compassion, and empathy from seeing the family and friends of the dead man weeping and wailing; powerful evidence from the gospel that God does feel our pain. The God of the Bible is not emotionally distant from us.
When I am hurt, when you are in pain, and we weep and wail, and call upon God, an emotional connection is established, God feels our pain. It does not end there – when we take our pain to God, there is divine movement to work out relief for us.
So lets not be like the young men at my high school, who bottle it up, when the cane hits the backside. Let it all out before God, weep and wail when you need to – our God hears, our God feels, our God empathizes, our God will bring comfort!
Thank you Lord for crying with me, thank you Lord for relief, Amen!