Thought for the week

The Oban Times - - Births, Marriages & Deaths - Bill Har­vey

John 11:35 Je­sus wept THE WORD wept is dif­fer­ent from that which is used to ex­press weep­ing Martha and friends at the death of her brother Lazarus. This word means not the cry of lamen­ta­tion nor the wail of ex­ces­sive grief, but the calm shed­ding of tears.

They are on the way to the sepul­chre, near to which they have now ar­rived. He is con­scious of the power which He is about to ex­er­cise, the rais­ing of Lazarus from the dead but He is con­scious also of the suf­fer­ing hearts near Him, and the sym­pa­thy with hu­man sor­row is no less part of His na­ture.

Peo­ple have won­dered to find in the Gospel which opens with the ex­press dec­la­ra­tion of the divin­ity of our Lord, and at a mo­ment when that divin­ity was about to re­ceive its fullest man­i­fes­ta­tion, th­ese words, which point them still to hu­man weak­ness.

But the cen­tral thought of St. John’s Gospel is ‘The Word was made flesh’, and He is for us the Res­ur­rec­tion and the Life, be­cause He has been man­i­fested to us, not as an ab­strac­tion which the in­tel­lect only could re­ceive, but as a per­son, liv­ing a hu­man life, and know­ing its sor­rows, whom the heart can grasp and love. A God in tears has pro­voked the smile of the stoic and the scorn of the un­be­liever; but Chris­tian­ity is not a gospel of self-suf­fi­ciency, and its mes­sage is not merely to the hu­man in­tel­lect.

It is sal­va­tion for the whole man and for ev­ery man; and the sor­row­ing heart of hu­man­ity has never seen more clearly the divin­ity of the Son of Man than when it has seen His glory shin­ing through His hu­man tears.

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