3 Times Jesus Wept And What We Learn From His Tears May 22, 2019

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Several months ago, I preached a message on the tears of Jesus. Our Savior was a “man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief” (Isaiah 53:5). This is more than mere emotionalism or shallow sentimentality – it is a reminder that He cares and that He carries our burdens.

There are three times in Scripture that Jesus wept (John 11:35; Luke 19:41; Hebrews 5:7-9). Each is near the end of His life and each reveals what matters most to our loving God. He truly is “touched with the feeling of our infirmities” (Hebrews 4:15). His tears are a reminder that He loves sinners and cares for every soul.

A few weeks ago, I received a very kind email from a young lady who listened to that particular Bible message. She is a gifted poet with a heart to help others. Out of the truth that was shared, the Lord gave her a beautiful poem to express the message. I asked if I could pass it along to others and she has graciously allowed me to share it here. I hope that it will encourage you to see the tenderness of Christ and to ask the Lord to fill your heart with His own love for others…

I asked the Lord to give me love - 
His love for souls in sin;
Instead He gave me weeping eyes,
A broken heart within.
 
I asked Him why He gave me tears,
He took me back in time
To when my Savior lived on earth,
When He was in His prime.
 
I saw Him go to where His friend
Was lying in a grave;
The sisters and their friends were grieved -
What love to them He gave.
 
You see my Savior standing there
Was also grieved that day,
He wept great heaving tears with sobs
Till those who saw could say:
 
"Behold we see now how He loved."
His tears revealed His heart
His love was evident through tears -
I saw God's point in part.
 
And then He took me to the day 
The people hailed their King
While Jesus enters to their cheers
The children run and sing.
 
But when He saw Jerusalem
Stretched out before His eye,
His soul was moved with grief for them;
It moved His heart to cry.
 
Oh, as I read those solemn words
I feel that they are sweet
For in them I behold His love
So perfect and complete.
 
To one more place He took me now,
At midnight I beheld
The Son of God bowed down with grief
In deepest sorrow held.
 
I heard His weeping, strong and deep,
But through it I discerned
He prayed for me - it melted me,
His love for me I learned.
 
With tearful joy I thanked the Lord
For answering my prayer,
For giving me His love for souls -
His tears, His heart, His care.

-Christina Joy Hommes


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70 Comments

  1. Patricia Whiting on January 6, 2021 at 1:22 PM

    Beautiful, moving and convicting. I will no longer be ashamed of tears…

    • Scott Pauley on January 11, 2021 at 3:10 PM

      God bless you.

    • Bike Farotimi on December 12, 2021 at 3:43 PM

      Beautiful rendition, Christina!
      Classic and Soul lifting!
      Thank You Jesus for your inestimable love for souls!!!
      Bike Farotimi

      • Moses Sembatya on March 3, 2022 at 12:14 AM

        Thanks so much, they are souls touching. God bless you Christina

        • scottpauley on March 4, 2022 at 11:34 AM

          Thank you so much.

        • SheGlenda LeDorothy Rodriguez on April 25, 2022 at 2:28 AM

          Absolutely miraculous are your words in this poem.

      • Joane C Skultety on August 14, 2022 at 10:09 PM

        Amazing, heartfelt and I will never be ashamed of my tears. Thank you for sharing this beautiful portrait of Jesus in words.

        • scottpauley on September 14, 2022 at 2:23 PM

          Thank you.

          • Mary Milligan on December 10, 2022 at 1:44 PM

            Wow Patricia….the Lord is showing me the same thing. It’s OK to cry. His Son did. Have a 92-year-old abusive mother, whom I care for, and it has been dangerous for me to show any “weakness” through tears. God is healing me of this faulty thinking. Tears are a gift from God. I pray He heals you too.



        • Thomas John on June 14, 2023 at 12:40 AM

          I too had the same experience this morning before I read this great poem of the blessed poet Christina

    • Shannan Starr on April 28, 2022 at 2:06 PM

      Today, I felt all of this before I even read this poem. As I worshipped and intercede for those experiencing grief. Holy Spirit led me to “Jesus Wept” and this article came up in my search. This article and poem together has given me such assurance and peace in my spirit.

      Thank you!

      • scottpauley on May 3, 2022 at 9:39 AM

        We have a wonderful Savior!

        • Joseph Sparacino on May 25, 2023 at 11:11 AM

          Sobbing tears. (ιζι )

      • Tommy Tanner on November 8, 2022 at 9:11 AM

        I feel the same way. After i got saved a few yrs ago i weep quite often sometimes its because of the pain Jesus endured for us and i was ashamed and would hide them but im learning that that is my soul growing as i move closer to God sometimes i cry about the life ilived before i got saved i feel like i wasted alot of my life i also realize it was the path i had to take to be able to feel the luv for Jesus

        • Henry James Jr on November 21, 2022 at 6:35 AM

          Thank you for sharing Christina. It’s a beautiful thing to know that our Savior shows us tears are an expression of of pain both spiritual and physical and it let’s us know that he understands the pains of life, and thank God he’s touched with our infirmities keep allowing God to use you to write.

        • Joseph Sparacino on May 25, 2023 at 11:13 AM

          Same here Brother! Thanks for sharing.

    • Rene on May 26, 2022 at 12:33 PM

      Couldn’t of said it better, I was sad of my tears but I’m just realizing the Peace, thank you!

      • scottpauley on June 3, 2022 at 4:52 PM

        God bless you.

        • Sue on August 30, 2022 at 10:33 AM

          Beautiful poem!
          Thank you!

      • Bill Gondor on November 3, 2022 at 8:42 PM

        Often times, I can feel the peace, love, care, and peace with Jesus! amen!

      • Fred Mufulukye on December 4, 2022 at 10:31 PM

        So touching!

    • Ted on November 3, 2022 at 8:40 PM

      Jesus has the tears of God and it is touching that we get to hear about such a holy experience.

    • Tonette Parks on November 24, 2022 at 11:59 AM

      So beautiful that you Lord for everything and thank you for sharing. Happy Thanksgiving ❣️ 😊

    • Precy Baa-wa Latugan on November 29, 2022 at 6:04 PM

      Wow such a beautiful message. I was blessed and I thank God for his goodness to your life Christina. May the Lord God keep and prosper your life always.

    • Doug on December 4, 2022 at 5:57 AM

      This is what I am planning to preach on today, hope love this poem and thank I will use it to close. Thank you for sharing…

    • Randy Sivley on February 17, 2023 at 8:36 AM

      Beautiful

    • SUSAN CHORBENE on May 5, 2023 at 4:27 PM

      thank you Christina. for a newly born again Christian. Your poem moved me to a sobbing mess. The sacrifice of Lord Jesus has always haunted me. Now I feel more the love he had for us sinners. His suffering is our receipt for him taking away our sins and granting us salvation. Amen.

    • Richard Corporan on June 4, 2023 at 11:52 AM

      My favorite verse in the Bible is when I learned that he cried and someone present heard his cry finding it curious able to relate his message that he too cried something everyone would want to know why and what I get from it is that he was human and his cry wasn’t even loud but loud enough that we heard it in ways you couldn’t even imagine but we know it today that he cried and that was his message was leading to what he wanted us to know what he was saying, symbolism play big part.

  2. Maya on August 15, 2021 at 6:27 AM

    This is so touching and beautiful.

    • scottpauley on August 17, 2021 at 4:17 PM

      Appreciate you taking time to read it. Christ is wonderful.

      • YEBISI FOLAKE on August 24, 2022 at 8:58 AM

        AWESOME FAITHFUL FATHER THANK you. You have done so much for us. The poem is really soul lifting and my JOY IS FULL.

      • Crystal Simmons C/o D. Jones on July 8, 2023 at 1:19 PM

        Thank you for this!

  3. RICHARD on September 19, 2021 at 6:58 PM

    Yes indeed Christ Jesus wept, because, the then generation and even to day many people still didn’t know that, the Lord Jesus Christ is the Creator Son of the Almighty Father and He is the Creator and Sovereign of this our Universe. John 1 vs 2- 4. & Colossians 1 vs 15 – 17 and Colossians 2 – 9.

    • scottpauley on September 24, 2021 at 10:28 AM

      Amen.

      • Marty Bryant on January 5, 2022 at 3:04 PM

        I too suffer from tears and am embarrassed, so thank you for this lovely poem, however my tears will always flow for my grief feels like guilt and that I must endure. Peace

        • scottpauley on January 9, 2022 at 10:28 PM

          Tears are expressions of the heart. The important thing is to turn all emotion to God’s truth. He forgives, cleanses, and makes a way to start over again. God bless you.

        • Margi on April 29, 2022 at 12:55 PM

          Oh Marty we can rejoice in our tears for the comfort and love Jesus gives us so freely. While I’ve had heart reaching tears, I can always hold on to Jesus through his spirit and his precious Word. Don’t be embarrassed. . . Try reaching out to Jesus. He is always there for us.

  4. VELMA on October 21, 2021 at 2:40 PM

    Ooh my soul sings and my heart rejoice…AT the mere thought of that which made Jesus cry…FOR in those tears doth TRUTH lay…a love so strong so endearing and PURE…so CLEAR that only EYES could its
    WITNESS BARE

    • scottpauley on October 25, 2021 at 6:34 PM

      Full of compassion!

  5. ANDREW RAI on October 27, 2021 at 5:12 AM

    Really God love is great . Praise the lord! our God is an Awesome GOD!

    • scottpauley on November 3, 2021 at 2:17 PM

      Amen.

  6. Ralena Miles on November 1, 2021 at 4:57 AM

    Jesus sorrow for our sins He care for us He cry for us He is our friend He loves us He feels our pain we don’t have to go through this ? alone He is with us I’m sorry for the pain I cause Him ? I’m thankful for Him He took me out of dark

    • scottpauley on November 3, 2021 at 2:18 PM

      Christ is wonderful in every way!

  7. Sandra Densmore on November 3, 2021 at 8:50 PM

    This was a beautiful poem…thank you!

    • scottpauley on November 12, 2021 at 1:14 PM

      God bless you.

  8. Mika on December 5, 2021 at 12:14 PM

    So Beautiful and moving. Thank you so much for sharing this poem. It is giving me the much needed encouragement and peace I sorely need at the moment…at this time when madness towards humanity is happening.

    I was in tears, and decided to look up for reflections on Jesus weeping…and the Holy Spirit guided me to your post. ?

    May God continue to bless you and Christina, the poet, abundant blessings to enable you to keep blessing others with your work. ???❤

    • scottpauley on December 9, 2021 at 3:34 PM

      Thank you for letting us know. I hope many of the resources on our site will be an encouragement to you. God bless you.

  9. barbarawolfington25@gmail.com on December 5, 2021 at 1:09 PM

    Yes, thank you God, for the many beautiful (86) years you’ve given me. You chose me when I was 12 years old and here we are still growing!!!!! I went searching (your word) to see just how many times you dd in fact cry for us and yes, and again I am learning so much just how much you love us, take care of us and lead us on to completion and just getting there is so breath taking, I can only imagine ehat it will be like to actually arrive Home and meet you face to face!

    • scottpauley on December 9, 2021 at 3:35 PM

      There is nothing like the adventure of walking with the Lord!

  10. Joseph Olney on December 14, 2021 at 1:35 AM

    I read this and knew of the joy it would bring. For I was just saved not 3 months ago. When I was saved I tried to cry out but the only words that came out as I wept were, “I Am” and I repeated them 3 times. I found this sight when I googled “ I was saved when I cried out “I Am” three times.” I don’t know why it lead me here but here I am, a true believer in Him and if His power to unconditionally love us all.

    • scottpauley on December 17, 2021 at 10:57 AM

      I am happy to hear that you have placed your faith in Christ as your personal Savior. He is the Great “I AM” and only He can save a sinner. There are a host of resources on our site that will encourage your faith and help you in your new life in Christ. I would encourage you to find a local church that teaches the Bible. Let us know if we can help in any way.

  11. Emily on January 27, 2022 at 1:42 AM

    The living Word of God!! I love how God can speak in so many ways, to so many people. Thanks for sharing this, it truly touched my heart! God bless!

    • scottpauley on February 1, 2022 at 11:44 PM

      The Lord and His Word are truly wonderful!

  12. Jerry Turner on February 4, 2022 at 1:53 AM

    Thank you
    Jerry Turner

    • scottpauley on February 4, 2022 at 12:10 PM

      Thanks for reading!

  13. Dennis McKay on February 16, 2022 at 2:26 AM

    That was a beautiful article and poem. Thank you. Everyone of the comments were also beautiful, inspired and holy. Thank you everyone for expressing and posting your feelings on this subject. What a sweet experience to be a part of Heavenly Father’s family that loves His Gospel and seeks to follow it. Bless you all.

    • scottpauley on March 4, 2022 at 11:37 AM

      Amen.

  14. James Smith on March 12, 2022 at 3:35 PM

    I have easily cried from joy, I never understood why , but know I accept and acknowledge it, it is a gift Amen

    • scottpauley on March 16, 2022 at 2:11 PM

      Tears are a gift – the only thing that will be better is when God wipes them away someday!

  15. Antoinette Williams on March 18, 2022 at 5:11 AM

    This is a beautiful poem, I will speak at my husband’s funeral in the coming days. His favorite scripture he often would speak was “Jesus Wept”. Many has labeled that as being an “easy” scripture to recall and speak. But knowing my husbands life journey and the few times I saw him weep, I know that in his tears there were multitudes of love, joy, sadness, concerns and mostly what I know of my husbands tears each tear carried many of those whom he loved deeply and were imprinted within his soul. I believe that like Jesus wept it was because of the magnitude that comes with divine love from within.

    • scottpauley on March 19, 2022 at 4:40 PM

      We are praying for you as you speak at your husband’s memorial service. May God continue to use his influence. God bless you and your family.

    • Paul on February 6, 2023 at 9:50 PM

      Very nice,it inspires a lot

  16. Antoniette Butler on March 23, 2022 at 6:03 AM

    Thak God for Jesus, just knowing that Jesus is concerned about our well-being dead or alive That alone speaks volume and with Jesus doing that tells me you can be vulnerable yet not weak you can love cry yet know everything dead isn’t dead it can live Again so shed your tears

    • scottpauley on March 26, 2022 at 7:51 AM

      Very true.

  17. Daniel I on August 18, 2022 at 8:11 AM

    I am blessed to learn that there could be dignity in tears and so from now on whenever I am moved to tears, I will turn to Him who first loved me, He who understands how it feels and has solution to every problem. I invite this spirit into mine so as to extend more love and compassion to others just as our saviour did and still does.

    • scottpauley on September 14, 2022 at 2:24 PM

      Wonderful!

  18. Delroy Jones on August 22, 2022 at 6:25 AM

    God Blessed
    He bless us so we can bless one another, ( Love One Another As I LOVE YOU. ) I feel so Blessed this morning after talking to God, reading His word and praying, and then you sharing your blessings with us

  19. Cordelia Ann Lee on August 30, 2022 at 11:02 AM

    Thanks so much for sharing. This ministered to me deeply! I’ll never think of tears the way I once did! Blessings!

  20. Teresa Thompson on February 22, 2023 at 8:24 PM

    Thanks for sharing this beautiful poem, Christina. I’ve looked at your website and the other pieces you’ve written– you are an amazing and gifted writer! Please never stop writing. God Bless you! ♡

  21. Rhoda k Wilhoit on May 10, 2023 at 8:24 AM

    So preciously beautiful. Thank you <3

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