You may know the words of the shortest verse in the Bible (Jn. 11:35). But have you really thought about what’s happening here? Jesus doesn’t get a little teary-eyed and sniff once or twice. He bursts into tears and boo-hoos. Anyone nearby knows the man is crying hard. That’s weeping. If you look back through the Bible, you’ll see that most of God’s men weep, and not only in graveyards.
Why do Christians in my native country think a man is emotionally disturbed if he weeps? When was the last time you saw a grown man weep in public? What would you think about a man who started boo-hooing in a worship service or church business meeting? Would you want him to be a minister or elder in the church? The fact is, most of us think there’s something wrong with a man who cries in public. And if that’s true, what do we really think about Jesus?
(c) Copyright 2007, A. Milton Stanley