I want to share a recurring thought and scripture that kept “poking” at me for a couple of days. The scripture is John 11:35, “Jesus wept.” Oftentimes, people use this scripture to flex a little Bible trivia muscle, “Do you know the shortest verse in the bible?” Although it is true, that John 11:35 is the shortest verse in the bible that is not what brought me to my thoughts.
The burning in my heart was a reminder of two truths concerning our Lord and Savior. He has a divine and human nature. Jesus wept. Why did He weep? Because He had been saddened by the physical death of Lazarus, and as a result, His human emotion overwhelmed Him. What beauty! God incarnate wept.
The Humanity of Jesus
I thought much before The Lord about this and He brought me to this conclusion: Most people only see the divine nature of the Lord and often overlook His human nature. He genuinely has the ability to relate to us! He had to become one of us so that He could save us. Jesus is most often presented in His “religious” or “divine” attributes and His humanity neglected.
What the Lord impressed upon me was that He desires that His people understand and recognize His human side. I would never take away from the fact that Jesus is divine because it is a definite truth, but consider this: If Jesus is only introduced from the divine, “religious” viewpoint, then He is robbed of His human side, and the impression that most people get is that He is unapproachable, way out there in the cosmos, and far from a personal God. This is so far from the truth. He is approachable, an ever present help in time of need, our friend, and our personal Savior. Again, I would never take away from His divinity and show Him disrespect. I am only showing what He has shown me.
A Friend Who Understands Us
Every soul I have ever won to the Lord was by introducing Him in this humanly perfect and personal way. As Savior and a friend who can identify with our troubles, shortcomings, sins, battles, hurts, victories, defeats, and dreams. A humanly perfect man that has a love for us beyond our understanding. I am truly honored and blessed to call Jesus my God, Father, and my Friend. He is very personal to me. I pray that all Christians can come to know our Lord in this way, as a Friend.
“So the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend…” – Exodus 33:11.
I pray the abundant blessings of the Lord rest upon you and may you know Him as your most trusted Friend. The next time you study and meditate in the Holy Scriptures, try viewing Jesus as your friend. Try to look past the giver of the law and see the man behind the greatest love known to humankind. I guarantee that doing this will grow and deepen your relationship with the Savior in a meaningful and powerful way.