According to the Word, those tears are falling right into a bottle the Lord is keeping.
Each of them are recorded His book.
You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle.
Are they not in your book?
:: Psalm 56:8 ::
The personification of God’s perfect character cried.
The manifestation of Love perfected shed tears.
Love cries. It weeps, It spills out in grief.
Jesus loved his friend, Lazarus.
When Jesus saw Mary of Bethany sobbing, and the Jews who had come with her also crying,
he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled.
And he said, “Where have you laid him?”
They said to him, “Lord, come and see.”
So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”
:: John 11:33-36 ::
This is just me, but I believe that Jesus knew he was going to raise Lazarus up to life again. He knew because he’s God, but he was also a man. Jesus, in meekness, set aside his glory and limited himself. He saw death and the effect it has on those he loves. He knew and saw first-hand that death was a result of the fall. Death was never supposed to happen. He saw them mourning. And he mourned with them.
Later, Jesus and his disciples came to Jerusalem.
It was the beginning of his final week before he would alter the course of eternity. He came up a hill overlooking Jerusalem, the heart of Jewish culture. Jesus saw this city and was “overcome with compassion”. He wept for their ignorance of the Truth (and for our ignorance of Peace too).
When he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it,
saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace!
But now they are hidden from your eyes.
:: Luke 19:41-43 ::
We see King David, the one who was called “a man after God’s own heart”. He lost a child, a son.
God allowed it.
God allowed a child conceived by two people who were not married to die. While David prayed and fasted asking God to save his child…the child died anyway. David’s servants knew how this would upset him so they just whispered about it to each other. David saw them whispering and knew, “Is the child dead?” And they confessed, he was dead.
The custom was that when someone was in mourning, they’d put on sackcloth and ashes to show grief. They wouldn’t bathe or eat. Instead, David washed himself and put on regular clothes and “went into the house of the Lord and worshiped.” Then David went home and ate. His servants were confused and asked why he fasted and prayed before the baby died and now he was eating and praising God. He said, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept, for I said, Who knows whether the Lord will be gracious to me, that the child may live? But now he is dead. Why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he will not return to me.”
David, a man after God’s heart, knew that it’s by God’s grace alone that his baby would live.
David also knew he’d see his baby boy again.
So for us, today, in hospital rooms, in the waiting, in times when grief and sorrow are all we see…
In these times, we can know that ours is the God who grieves.
I AM weeps.
Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.
:: Isaiah 53:4 ::
I pour out my complaint before him;
I tell my trouble before him.
:: Psalm 142:2 ::
Luke tells us that after Jesus faced the enemy’s temptation during His 40 day fast…that after that Jesus stood in the place of worship, the place in His own hometown, the place where Jews would come and anticipate their coming Messiah.
There, He stood; our Messiah stood up and opened a scroll, and of all scrolls He was handed Isaiah and not just any part of Isaiah but what we know as the 61st chapter. He read…..
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor;
he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
to proclaim the year of the Lord‘s favor,
and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn;
to grant to those who mourn in Zion—
to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;
that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.
:: Isaiah 61:1-3 ::
And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down.
And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him.
And he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”
:: Luke 17 ::
Jesus, who wept, came to bind up the brokenhearted. He came to comfort all those who mourn.
He came and he died and he rose and now our Messiah will come again!
He who wept with compassion for our sake, will come in glory and will end mourning.
He whose glory defeated the night will come for us!
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more,
neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore,
for the former things have passed away.
:: Revelation 21:4 ::
Come, Lord Jesus!