|Theme:||Jesus weeps with his children. (Fifth Sunday in Lent)|
|Object:||A small clear bottle with a little water in it|
|Scripture:||Jesus wept. John 11:35|
This morning I have a little bottle that I call "My Tears Bottle." These aren't real tears, it is just water, but it reminds me of the times that I have cried real tears. In Psalm 56:8, the psalmist asks God to keep his tears in a bottle. Now, I don't know that God keeps our tears in a bottle like this one, but I do believe that he sees our tears and hears us when we cry.
Do you ever cry? Of course you do. Even you big strong boys sometimes cry -- even though someone may try to tell you that "big boys don't cry." I made a list of some things that make us cry. Have you ever fallen off your bicycle and hurt yourself so badly that you cried? Have you ever slipped and fallen while carrying a tray of food in the school cafeteria, and though you weren't hurt, you were so embarrassed that you cried? Have you ever moved to a new school where you didn't know anyone and you were so lonely that you cried? Has anyone ever said something mean and hurt your feelings so badly that you cried? Have you ever had a friend that was crying, so you just cried along with them? I think that we all could answer, "yes" to at least one of these questions. We all cry, don't we?
Did you know that Jesus cried? The shortest verse in the entire Bible says, "Jesus wept." I know of at least three things that made Jesus cry. (1) The Bible tells us that Jesus cried when he prayed for others. It says, "He offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears." Hebrews 5:7 (2) The Bible also tells us that Jesus cried when he saw people who were missing out on what God wanted for them. It says, as he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, "If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace -- but now it is hidden from your eyes." Luke 19:41-42 (3) The Bible tells us that Jesus cried when he saw friends who were hurting. It says that when he saw Mary weeping because her brother had died, he cried too. John 11:33-35
I am glad that we have a Savior who weeps. I am glad that he loves us so much that he hurts when we are hurting. He sees our tears and, who knows, perhaps he keeps our tears in a bottle.
Dear Jesus, it is comforting to know that when we cry, you cry with us. But it is even more comforting to know that one day we will be in heaven with you -- and then there will be no more tears. Amen.