The Tears of Jesus
George H. Morrison
John 11:35; Luke 19:41
There are but two occasions in the Gospels on which we come upon our Savior weeping, only two instances in which we see His tears. It is true that in the Epistle to the Hebrews we have a glimpse into the inner life of Christ, and there we read that He made supplication with tears and strong crying unto God. But into that interior life of prayer, when Father and Son had fellowship together, we cannot enter for it is holy ground. The point to observe is that in His recorded life we only hear of the tears of Jesus twice: once at the grave of a man who was His friend, once when Jerusalem spread out before Him. And both, not in the earlier days of youth when the human heart is susceptible and quivering, but in the later season when the cross was near.
In his autobiography Goethe1 confesses that as he grew older he lost the power of tears, and there are many men who, as experience gathers, are conscious of a hardening like that. But our Savior, to the last moment that He lived, was quick and quivering to joy and sorrow, and His recorded tears are near the end. Never was He so conscious of His joy as in the closing season of His ministry; never did He speak so much about it, nor so single it out as His most precious legacy. And so with weeping, which in the human heart is so often the other side of joy-it is under the shadow of the close it is recorded.
Now I am going to speak for a moment or two on the differences between these two weepings; first I ask you to observe one feature in which the two are beautifully kin. There are tears in the world, bitter and scalding tears, which are wrung out by personal affliction, tears of anguish, of intense corporeal anguish, tears caused by cruelty or mockery. And the point to be ever observed is that our Lord, though He suffered intensely in all such ways as that, never, so far as we read, was moved to tears. He was laughed to scorn-He of the sensitive heart-ye ...
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