We’ve all experienced darkness.
Sadness. Grief. Anxiety. Confusion. And often times, when we’re in the midst of darkness, we don’t know what to do, what to say, who to talk to, or how to feel.
Jesus felt sadness, too. Although Jesus was 100% God, he was also 100% man. That means he felt emotions. He knew what it was like to be happy and laugh with his friends and he knew what it was like to experience sadness. He even experienced the death of a close friend. Jesus found out that his friend Lazarus was sick, and he was going to go visit him and his two sisters, Mary and Martha. But Jesus waited two days before traveling, and by the time he got to where Lazarus lived, Lazarus had died.
“On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been
in the tomb for four days.” John 11:17
Everyone was obviously emotional. Mary and Martha were sad, and maybe even a little upset with Jesus. They knew Jesus could have healed Lazarus if he had gotten there in time. But Jesus assures them, Lazarus will rise again. (v. 23)
When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. “Where have you laid him?” he asked. “Come and see, Lord,” they replied. Jesus wept. Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” John 11:32-36
Jesus wept over the death of his friend. Later, Jesus went on to raise Lazarus from the dead, but before doing so, Jesus was deeply moved by emotion.
When we are experiencing loss, sadness, or grief, it’s ok to FEEL. In order to heal, we need to feel.