Today, Rob and I decided to do Bible study outside at Lake Artemesia. It was a beautiful day! We are studying John right now and today, we studied part of Lazarus' death, in John 11: 17 - 37. Mary and the other Jews are hurting over the loss of their brother, their friend. After seeing them weeping and grieving over Lazarus, Jesus is moved in spirit and troubled. Then, we see Jesus taking on a very human action: He weeps.
This is something really beautiful to me. Jesus weeps. Like Mary and the Jews, He meets us in our pains and our grief, understands and knows our hurts and emotions, has compassion and takes on our pains as His own. We know this because of this passage - Jesus experienced this in His human form. He is a God who is personal, interactive, who KNOWS us deeply.
This is the God we serve. This is the God we love.