Does Jesus Cry When We Die?
We read in John 11:35 these simple and sympathetic words: “Jesus wept [cry].” Jesus felt for others and loved them as we do when we lose someone close to us. The Bible talks about Jesus’ compassion (Matthew 15:32, 20:34, Mark 5:19, Mark 6:34, Luke 7:13). He really did care for others while He lived on the earth.
Jesus’ compassion flowed out of His divinity. It is God Who enabled Jesus’ humanity to have compassion for others and to weep. Psalm 116:5 says, “Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; Yes, our God is merciful.” Psalm 117:2 states, “For His merciful kindness is great toward us, And the truth of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord!” Psalm 86:15 states, “But You, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious, Longsuffering and abundant in mercy and truth.” In God’s mercy, He hears our cries to Him: “The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their cry” (Psalm 34:15). He cares for us very deeply. Peter wrote, “casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). Yes, Jesus cares even now!
Does Jesus cry when we die? Certainly. Jesus mourns over all death. He wept for us in the garden of Gethsemane understanding that He was dying for all (2 Corinthians 5:14-15). However, this mourning is momentary. Psalm 30:5 states, “For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for life; Weeping may endure for a night, But joy comes in the morning.” In Revelation 14:13 we read, “Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, ‘Write: “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.”’‘Yes,’ says the Spirit, ‘that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.’”