Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Jesus wept.

Have you ever felt so upset, alone, or believed that no one cared or listened to your cries?

Do you ever wonder if Jesus cares? Do you wonder if he gets sad when something sad happens to you, or angry when something bad happens to you?

Chapter 11 in John describes the death of Lazarus, Mary and Martha's brother. After he had died both women were very upset and spent many hours crying outside of his tomb. When Jesus came to visit them Mary even fell at his feet and cried out (verse 32) "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died." 

Then verse 33 states: "When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled."

When Jesus saw Mary crying, he became upset! He was deeply moved in spirit and troubled, those words show that Jesus, beyond just being there for Mary, took Mary's sadness and brokenness as his own.

Then verse 35 states, "Jesus wept."

Jesus wept. Jesus cried because Mary's sadness became his own sadness.

So wouldn't you think that Jesus would also be sad when we are sad? Our burdens are his burdens. I was walking back to my dorm one night and I was thinking if it was possible for God to have a "bad day". I was wondering if anyone ever asked God how is was doing or how his day was. I know I never do. I wonder if it is because we think God can't have a bad day. But then the verse "Jesus wept" popped into my brain. And if we fully believe that Jesus is God like it says in Matthew 1:23, "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call Him name Immanuel.", and we realized that Immanuel is translated to "God with us", then we have to believe that our perfect God is not always happy. Our perfect God wept. Our perfect God feels our brokenness.

So why do we expect our lives to be only filled with happy days if our perfect God has days filled with tears?

There is a reason for the pain, the hurt, and the hard times. They make us stronger, our relationship with God stronger, they make us rely on God more, and trust God more.

So next time you are going through a tough time, know that God cares so much that he is taking on our burdens and feeling our pain. You are never alone. God has a plan for your life, and he has a purpose for your life.

"For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong." - 2 Corinthians 12:10

 "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." -Proverbs 3:5-6

Updated Blog

I first started the JOY Full Circle blog project in 2008 with the goal to inspire others by posting different quotes, pictures, stories, or anything else I could find that would inspire someone. I was on a constant search to not only inspire others, but to find things to make me feel completely happy inside. My plan was when I found things that made me feel that deep eternal happiness inside I would post them and share them with the world to help others also feel that happiness.

Now four years later as I look back on the blog I realize why I ran out of things to post about. I hadn't found the only thing that can bring me that feeling of completeness, and that is a relationship with Jesus. I thought that I understood everything about Jesus Christ just from growing up in a church and going to church camp. I thought I had it all figured out, but during my freshman year of college I soon discovered that not to be true at all. After some rough times, I went on a search for how to find a life of purpose. I stepped down from the throne of my life and I let God step up. I turned to the Bible for the answers instead of turning to Gilmore Girls for life's answers. This is God's life I am living, and I want to spend it praising and living for Him. I am on a journey of faith to continually grow closer to Christ as I learn about how incredibly amazing He is. Now as I find out more and more about my Lord and Savior, I want to share it all with you.

Hope these words touch your heart like they have touched mine. Also know that if the entries are before 2012, they are inspirational posts from the old JOY Full Circle blog. Also know that I am not a seminary graduate, so do your own research before you quote my thoughts as correct.