Many look at the passage of scripture found in John chapter 11 and believe Jesus wept for the reason stated by the onlookers at that moment who assumed He wept for the loss of Lazarus. That has been a widely held view and much talked about topic over the years. However, I’d like to propose an alternative perspective on the reason for Jesus’ tears on the day He went to the tomb of His dear friend Lazarus. I don’t believe Jesus was in mourning for Lazarus at all because He knew the end of the matter before He decided to take the journey to the tomb in Bethany. He’d revealed to His disciples the fact Lazarus was dead and the purpose for which this death occurred in vs. 14 -15 stating “Lazarus is dead, and I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him.” He later expresses to Martha in vs. 23-26 that Lazarus will rise again while expressing the purpose for which He came by saying “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live, and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.” What is amazing is that even with all of the things the Disciples saw Jesus do they still did not see beyond the circumstance to the fact of who Jesus was. They did not truly believe all that He’d taught them. Even after He opened up to them the purpose of Lazarus’ death Thomas addresses the other disciples saying “Let us also go, that we may die with him.” After having received the message of resurrection from Jesus Martha does not convey this message of hope to her sister Mary. Rather when Mary greets Jesus she is in a state of mourning and despair. She and those who were with her can’t see beyond the fact Lazarus has died.
This is the thing, which troubles Jesus in Spirit. His spirit actually groans and is troubled according to vs. 33. This actually pulls me back to the book of Genesis when the Spirit of God hovered over the waters troubling the waters in creation. I believing Jesus was communing with Father God concerning the situation a form of intercession, which is groanings that cannot be uttered. He was speaking mysteries unto Father God and in that place of communing with Father God tears were released. The onlookers assumed his tears were those of loss, but that assumption does not fit given the fact Jesus knew the end result of the situation would be Lazarus raised from the dead. The people seeing Jesus’ tears go on to question whether Jesus could have prevented this tragedy from occurring to his friend in the first place. In response to their words spoken in ignorance He again groaned within himself. I believe in His groaning He was accessing the heavenly realm, communing with Father God on behalf, of not Lazarus because that work was already done, but on behalf of the people that they might believe on Him and He that sent Him. His objective was that God be glorified in the hearts and minds of the people; that they no longer be doubters, but men of faith. After addressing Martha again concerning the glory of God being revealed and telling the people to roll the stone away Jesus lifts up his head addressing Father God saying: “Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me, and I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.” He spoke as if He’d already had a conversation with God concerning this situation. But there is no mention of Jesus uttering words of prayer at any time prior in this recounting of events. This is why I believe the groaning was prayer lifted in to Father God in the Spirit realm. Jesus wept, not out of lack or loss. He wept in heartfelt intercession towards God on behalf of all who would see and believe. He knew God would be glorified in this.
I believe Jesus also knew that this event would be a catapult springing Him towards Calvary at the hands of the Pharisees who feared the level of influence He had based on miracles such as this. This may in fact have been a precursor to the travail He would endure at Gethsemane. Who knows what He said to Father God in those mysteries lifted up in the form of a groan, a weeping, and again groaning within Himself. It could have been a moment much like Gethsemane wherein He had to yield to the will of Father God knowing it would lead to great suffering and death but end in resurrection and life.
It is so important we not look on this short vs. of scripture “Jesus wept” with our natural tendencies. Jesus, although fully man, knew how to access Spirit realm operating as God in the earth. We must see the scriptures through our spiritual eyes in order to grasp the fullness of Christ actions in this verse.
Be Strengthened! Be Encouraged! Be Blessed! ~ Dawn