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       In John 16:14 Jesus said of the Holy Spirit, “ He shall glorify Me for He shall take of Mine, and shall show it unto you”.
It is surprising how often we will see something new in a passage we have known all our lives and have read often. This is, of course the work of the Spirit. He teaches us many things, but His primary work is to show us who Jesus is.
       I suppose that I had always thought that whatever Jesus did, He did with the purpose of teaching or demonstrating some truth. In other Words He did it on purpose, with conscious forethought. I think John 11:35 shows something different. In the verses before this Mary had just come to Jesus. She fell at His feet and told Jesus that if He had been there, her brother would not have died. Then she broke down and started to cry. In verse 33 we read, “When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, He groaned in His Spirit and was troubled”. Jesus did not cry because He decided to, but because He could not keep from it. In verse 34 He asks, “Where have ye laid Him”? It seems He is trying to control his emotions (and therefore asks where the tomb is) but is simply unable to do so.
       What does this show us of Jesus? His perfect and complete humanity. These were close friends of His. He was no different than anyone else. When someone very close to us cries and for good reason, it is difficult and sometimes impossible not to cry also. It’s catching. Jesus was deeply sensitive and sympathetic. When Mary cried He was unable to keep from crying, also.
       Jesus was a Perfect man. As far as sin was concerned He could not be tempted; He was in complete control. No sin could touch Him. He was God but He was also Complete Man. If He could refrain from weeping at a time like this there would have been something lacking in His humanity. I think we need to understand His complete humanity to really know the heart of God. The heart of God is not cold but warm and responsive. I have seen little children do things that made me laugh. I didn’t decide to; I simply could not help but laugh. We need to understand that if Jesus were there the same would have been true of Him.

 

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Written by biblestruth

May 30, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Posted in scripture

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