Luke 19:41, And when he (Jesus) was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it.
Our Lord was so unlike today’s “macho man.” He understood the value of tears and he was never afraid to weep, either in private or publicly. Jesus was filled with compassion for the lost, the hurting, the needy, the poor, and what many would refer to as the “social misfits.” And one of the ways he showed it was by the tears that he shed for them!
The shortest verse in the Bible is only two words. Only two words, but they are very powerful words. The verse is found in John’s Gospel, chapter 11 and verse 35, where we find these two words, “Jesus wept.” In the very next verse some of his fellow Jews, who witnessed the tears of Jesus, said, “Behold how he loved him (Lazarus).”
It would appear that our tears for the lost and the broken, our tears for those who are in distress, are a sure sign of our love for them. If that be true, the opposite would also be true. If we aren’t shedding tears for the lost, the hurting, the needy, the poor, and for our cities where we reside, it is probably a sign we don’t really care.
Or possibly, we don’t care as we should.
When was the last time we shed tears for the lost and the needy of our cities and the rest of the world? I have a feeling Jesus is still weeping over lost souls. I have a suspicion he is weeping over the impoverished, the hungry, the disabled, the persecuted, those who are caught up in the sex-trade around the world, and, more than likely, he is shedding tears over the condition, the complacency, and the carnality of his people today!
Psalm 126:5-6, They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. 6 He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.