In John 11, Jesus weeps. His tears, shed in response to Lazarus’ death and Mary and Martha’s grief, are full of embodied truth, beauty, and goodness. Why did Jesus weep? He delayed coming to Bethany “so that the Son of God may be glorified through it” (John 11:4), and, when He arrived, informed Martha that He is “the resurrection and the life” (v. 25). If He came to Bethany to show His power, the fact that He is indeed the Messiah with the power to resurrect the dead, why did He not simply wave His “magic wand” to “solve the …
Makoto Fujimura (makotofujimura.com) is a ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church in America and an artist and author living in New York City. His paintings are represented by Dillon Gallery, and he is currently working on his second book, Jesus Wept. See his interview with Tim Challies at http://bit.ly/bH3k4p.