When I was a kid, every summer I attended a church camp for a few weeks in the summer and a week in the winter. It was like nothing I have experianced in life since, and I think in part that may be because the church (which means the people who attest they are Christians) has changed, the world has changed, and that magic sort of dissappated in a way with the traveling evangelist that guest preached each year.
One of the things that was part of the experiance of camp was winning different prizes for accomplishments like doing the obstacle course the fastest, memorizing the most Bible verses from a page, going the longest without a mosquito bite, being the first to get a leach on you from the pond... you know... fun stuff :)
All those years there was a joke about the 3 shortest Bible verses, and how only 1 of them was on the list most likely because it was the shortest, John 11:35 Jesus Wept.
The verse is set in a story where a man died and Jesus traveled back to where he had been entombed and raised the man from the dead. The story is so much more than that- but even still not until adulthood and reading the Bible for 40 years did it become my favorite verse.
You see, Jesus was away a 3 day journey so when Lazarus had died, everything was done and the tomb was closed. Jesus, being the Christ of-course would have know that he had died, but he did not rush his business at hand as it was close to passover.... well- Jesus comes back into town and was met by his friends and Lazarus’s sister, who loved Jesus very much- and who was very loved by Jesus. The sister pleaded in her grief “Oh LORD if you had been here, my brother would not have died!” Again... these were people who followed the son of man’s 3 year ministry, they watched him perform many miracles and knew he was God in the flesh... Jesus could have just blinked and made Lazarus whole, alive, and standing there before them; but he didn’t. Instead... he cried. He knew he could fix it, he knew he would fix it, he knew there was no need for sorrow... but still he cried... and not for the death of his own dear friend Lazarus- but because of the grief someone he loved was feeling. He knew all of our emotions... ALL of them, even empathy. This would be the miracle that solidified him being put to death. "He left Lazarus to die according to God's will so that his resurrection would confirm and point to the future fulfilment of Messianic prophecy. So Jesus just told the dead one to walk and the dead one obeyed. Therefore the movements of a brain death patient are called "Lazarus sign"."
The Bible says that we are to suffer like Christ... but that does not mean what he went through physically, I am not even sure that would be possible for any other human. It means we are to experience things like sorrow, depression, anxiety, empathy, joy, love... how does it feel to have a friend turn on you? Judas. How does it feel to be lied to? Peter
How does it feel to have anxiety? Jesus prayed in a garden before allowing himself to die a horrible death so hard he sweat blood and called out to God ‘please don’t make me do this,m but if you do... I will’ he also lived 33 years KNOWING exactly what was going to happen to him; if that would not cause anxiety and fear and sadness I am not sure I would believe the whole story. Clearly however, he did.
John 11:35 Jesus Wept. The shortest verse in the Bible and the deepest, richest of treasures knowing that when we hurt, he hurts, too.
If you read this long I will throw in a bonus that when Jesus decided to bring his friend back from the grave, he told someone to roll away the tomb stone of Lazarus away, his sister spoke up and said ‘But LORD it’s been a few days he stinks!’ :) There is a reason for every word to be in the Bible and the more you know how to study it, the more meaningful and powerful those words become.