Sometimes in this crazy, mixed-up world, when our hearts are grieving and we’ve suffered devastating blows, when loss feels too deep, and the battle seems fierce, the most comforting words of all are just these two.
“Jesus wept.” John 11:35
The shortest verse in the Bible, yet one that holds such great power with the most comforting words in the Bible. That allows us to see straight into the very heart of our God whose heart beats for us. Into the compassion of our Savior who is acquainted with grief and understands deep sorrow. Into the very Spirit of God who covers us, is with us constantly, and breathes life into our innermost being.
He wept. He hurt. He grieved. He experienced loss. He felt compassion. He understood this path of suffering.
There are some who walk in our world today, and falsely believe they hold great power. They carry a gun, brandish a weapon, or spill out cruel words. They attack, they abuse, they follow the very evil whispers of the enemy himself. Their main goal is “to steal, kill, and destroy.” (John 10:10) But what they don’t know is that they can never truly win. For they’re not merely fighting against flesh and blood, they’re fighting against God.
And He’s already won. He’s victorious. He holds the keys over death.
Here’s truth in all the craziness of this world from the God who made us and hold all things in His power today:
He knows all.
He’s with us.
And He wins over evil.
Death never holds the final victory for one who is set free by Christ.
Jesus has conquered it all by His own sacrifice on the cross.
And no single gunman, no hand of a terrorist, no disease or cancer, no tragic accident, nor even the final days of our old age can ever separate us from the love and sheer grace of God. For He has set eternity in our hearts. We’re set free by His power. One final breath here on earth is just the beginning of life evermore.
We never have to fear.
May God’s comfort and peace cover all those who grieve.
He weeps. With us.
And He’s still here. With us…
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Is. 41:10
“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4
“In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Rom. 8:37-39
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Ps. 34:18
“Jesus wept.” John 11:35
Cling to the most comforting words in the Bible when you need hope and encouragement.