Jesus wept. – John 11:35
Grief is not a sign of weakness or a lack of faith. It is the price of love.
Jesus wept. And in these tears God did not stand aloof to the pains of our existence. He drew near. He took on our flesh and blood. He did not call us to a humanity that he himself was unwilling to take. We have not been abandoned to a world into which he was unwilling to enter. We suffer no pain he was unwilling to bear. We have no grief he was unwilling to carry.
Jesus wept. He did not consider himself above our agonies, but emptied himself of privilege by taking our form, being born in our likeness (Philippians 2:7).
Jesus wept. And this is the very heart of God. He so loved our weeping world that he gave his own Son to weep with us, all the way to the place of utter forsakenness, that whosoever believes in him will not weep forever, but have everlasting joy.
Jesus wept. And one day, when he wipes away our every tear, it is not because he is suppressing our sadness. The one who wipes away our tears has shed his own. And he has triumphed.
This is the gospel in two words. Jesus wept.