Why Did He Weep?

On the road to Bethany, Martha fell at her Messiah’s feet, clearly anguished.

“…Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.” John 11:21

That was the faith of Martha, and her sister, Mary.

Lazarus, beloved friend, brother of Mary and Martha, was dead. He had been dead for four days. Three was the limit. After that, the soul was no longer lingering, able to reenter the physical body. That’s what the people of his day believed. But Jesus, the One who had the power to raise people from the dead had tarried, purposefully, after receiving word that he was needed by His friends.

He continued on the road, not yet in Bethany, when Mary ran to him and fell at his feet, repeating the awful truth and incredible faith that her sister had delivered shortly before.

“When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled…”

Then “Jesus wept.” John 11:35

Anyone who has read the story knows what happens next. Lazarus is raised from the dead, dispelling the limiting belief that the impossible is always and forever set in stone.

Do you have limiting beliefs – things that you believe about yourself that cause you to withhold who you are, to give up on life?

  • This pain will never go away.
  • I’m an idiot.
  • I’m unloveable.
  • I can’t do that.
  • I’m a failure / loser.
  • etc.

Think about it. Where did those thoughts come from? You may have come to believe them, but are they true? Do you live your life collecting evidence of their validity?

He wept because you were born perfect and pure and the world can be a very hard place to survive.

He wept because He knows better, and hopes, like everyone who loves you, that you will believe the good and uplifting thoughts – the ones that say that the impossible is possible.

  • You are loveable, beautiful, capable, worthy of all good things, more than your accomplishments and riches and wisdom.
  • There is no one like you in the world, and never will be again.

Today is a new day, and might be a day for a miracle; perhaps a cloud in your mind will part and let in a particle of light that will remind you of the truth that has always been there:

You do not have to be bound by your limiting beliefs about yourself or the world you live in. You don’t have to believe the negative things people have said about you that hurt to your core and are more a part of you than anyone knows.

You are the only one who can change your mind. And with that choice comes the responsibility to give the gift of freedom to your loved ones who are also effected by the limiting beliefs they have about themselves, given to them by someone else in pain.

I hope you do. 🙂

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