The Gospel of John 11:28-44 ( Why did Jesus weep when Lazarus died? ) – Angelic Wars
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The Gospel of John 11:28-44 ( Why did Jesus weep when Lazarus died? )


 

We now finish the Lazarus story in John 11:28-44

28 After she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside. “The Teacher is here,” she said, “and is asking for you.” 29 When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him. 30 Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. 31 When the Jews who had been with Mary in the house, comforting her, noticed how quickly she got up and went out, they followed her, supposing she was going to the tomb to mourn there.

32 When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”

33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. 34 “Where have you laid him?” he asked.

35 Jesus wept.

36 Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”

37 But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”

38 Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. 39 “Take away the stone,” he said.

“But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.”

40 Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”

41 So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”

43 When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.

Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”

Questions for discussion:

  1. Why do you think Jesus wept, knowing that he could raise people from the dead?
  2. Why do you think John wrote about the decaying body odor?
  3. Why does Jesus pray out loud?  Does that mean that we can pray without vocalizing words?



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Rick says April 21, 2024

Rick’s thoughts:

1. Why do you think Jesus wept, knowing that he could raise people from the dead?

There is no right answer here.

A) Some say that he wept because of the pain the sin has brought on his friends through death. The human race had spiraled down to self-destruction causing pain in the people he loved.

B) Some think that Jesus was thinking of the pain of his death, a “cup” he asked the Father to remove from him, if in the Father’s will. (Mark 14:36).

C) He may have wept over the lack of faith in his friends.

2. Why do you think John wrote about the decaying body odor?

This, too, is speculation. To prove that there was no question that this was a miracle and that Lazarus was dead.

3. Why does Jesus pray out loud? Does that mean that we can pray without vocalizing words?

Jesus prayed out loud so others could see his relationship with the Father. We can pray to ourselves, but when we pray out loud in front of others, we kindle their spirit and join with them.

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Beth Reimer says April 22, 2024

I think Jesus may have wept because he would have been calling him back from being with God. Or because he knew the high priest would see to kill him or it was the beginning of the end of his life on this earth. Or maybe because his friends were so sad.

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    Rick says April 30, 2024

    Good answers Beth! I think you have the right approach to looking at this through the eyes of a human. Jesus was fully human and fully God at the same time. He exhibited human emotions and human temptations. See my comment about other theories.

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