AND GOD CRIED
“When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.”
John 19:30 KJV
When my Mother died on Christmas day many years ago, I was heartbroken but I didn’t cry because some well meaning friends told me that Christians shouldn’t cry when someone dies. I submit to you on the authority of the Word of God that if you know the heart of God, you know He cried when His Son died.
Think about it. Our Heavenly Father loves us so much He gave His beloved Son to die on the cross for our sins. If He loves us this much, then we know that He has a heart of compassion and tenderness. When Jesus was hanging on the cross, God had to turn away from Him because God can’t look on sin.
Jesus had taken your sins and my sins on Him as He hung there on that cross of torture with the blood flowing down His body. How it must have hurt God and broke His heart when His Son was cursed, spat on, mocked and beaten beyond recognition. Yes, God cried when His Son was killed and tortured.
Don’t ever be ashamed of crying because tears are healing. Yes, it is true there is always someone who is hurting worse than we are but that does not mean that we can’t cry. Society has given men the message that it is sissy for a man to cry. That is a lie straight from the pits of hell because Jesus cried.
“And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see. Jesus wept. Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him!” (John 11:34-35). If Jesus cried, it is okay for a man to cry. Let’s become encouragers to one another. We have a loving compassionate tender Heavenly Father.
Joanne LoweFebruary 8, 2017