I had the opportunity this past week to talk with a bunch of high school students about the shortest verse in the Bible.

What is it?

John 11:34

“Jesus Wept”

That’s it. That’s all that the verse says. Jesus cried.

But why?

Why what? Why did he cry? He was sad about Lazarus, wasn’t he?

Was he? Think about it a minute.

Did Jesus know what he was going to do next? I believe He did. I believe that he stood there and wept knowing very well that within the next 10 minutes, His friend Lazarus would be raised from the dead. That HE would raise Lazarus from the dead.

So why was He crying?

Was He crying because all of these people didn’t truly believe that He was who He said He was and they doubted?

Was He crying about what He had to face that next week in Jerusalem?
Possibly.

Was He crying about the evil that was running rampant around the world?

Was He weeping about Hitler?

Was He weeping about the madmen in Rwanda and other places who are responsible for the deaths of untold numbers of people?

Was He weeping about Las Vegas?

And Orlando

And London

And Sandy Hook

And Columbine

After a good bit of wrestling with the question, we came up with what was probably a bit of a cop-out…….

We said that Jesus was probably weeping over all of these and more.

He was looking death in the face and was faced with the evil in the world.

The evil that has come down in the past and since then and knew that He had a big job ahead of him.

That’s what He was weeping about.

But we also agreed it will be really cool to be able to sit around the table with Jesus some day and ask Him.

Smart bunch of teenagers…….

Tom