Jesus is surrounded with grieving people. All friends of Lazarus who has died! The deceased is His friend too!
The Teacher is not aloof from the mourners. He does not stand above them. Instead, He weeps with them - He was deeply moved in spirit and troubled.
He did not hide His emotions. Everyone saw His grief.
Then the Jews said, "See how he loved him!"
Here is a poignant picture of the compassion of Jesus.
His is a love expressed in real emotion. A love moved when sorrow comes to those who are the object of it.
Our Teacher is not a dispassionate observer of the lives of His students. He cares. Deeply!
How comforting to know His heart is moved by our sorrows. For every life has its share of them.
What a support this is to all who struggle to follow Him. For it isn’t easy to become like Jesus. What an encouragement to know of His genuine and heartfelt concern for us when we fail!
The tears of Jesus at the grave of Lazarus speak to us of a personal relationship the Teacher has with His students.
This is a Teacher students can trust with their hearts!
And as He raises Lazarus from the dead, we understand He is a Teacher we can trust with our lives!