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Jesus Wept Meaning - Shortest Verse in Bible

Updated on March 31, 2016

Is Jesus ever wept or crying? This question appeared in my mind. When I tried to answer, I found Jesus ever crying: the verse “Jesus Wept” (John 11:35 - King James Version) through internet. Bible study acknowledged it as the Bible shortest verse. In the Bible, Jesus cried when He knew that His Best Friend Lazarus was died.

Jesus Wept and Lazarus - Die Auferweckung des Lazarus by Juan de Flandes
Jesus Wept and Lazarus - Die Auferweckung des Lazarus by Juan de Flandes | Source

Meaning of Jesus Wept

I am not priest or clergy. What is the meaning about shortest verse in the Holy Bible? The most important meaning for me is Jesus crying for His Best friend Lazarus. In the Bible old Greek scripture, it is written: edakrusen ho Iesous that mean Jesus shed tear.

Lazarus should be a kind of friend who touches the Jesus heart so deeply. Jesus was resurrecting him from stone tomb. What a wonderful bless from God that human ever got in Christianity history. Now the promise of resurrection is deserve to all of us. We should have “Lazarus” friendship qualities in our life. In modern life, is Jesus ever wept for us? Is Jesus our best friend?

Lazarus Love Quality

The deepest reason why Jesus wept for Lazarus because he has love and best friendship quality with Jesus. Lazarus touched Jesus heart. Lazarus has faith quality that impressed Jesus. I do not have theological knowledge as epistemological explanation. This is based on my interpretation. Jesus ever mention that God and human relation is love friendship relation. I think Jesus made Lazarus alive again as the lesson learned for us about true friendship meaning. God is our best friendship after all.

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Friend Wept Meaning

I remember old song lyric, “I cried a tears, you wiped it dry” from Anne Murray. The song title “You needed me”. We need someone to wipe our tears. We need a great friend like the friendship of Lazarus. Jesus not only cried for him but also resurrects his life. I need a friend wept for me. I believe Jesus wept for you. Everybody needs a friend wept.

Reflection Meaning of Jesus Wept in Song

Sometimes life is not easy. When we bear heavy burden, we hide our cry inside. We do not want somebody know about it. Crying is ashamed for some people, but not for Jesus. I am a man and Jesus thought me that shed a tears is expression of deep love. I am not shame to cry now. Even God crying, isn’t He? Crying with God will release our ill feeling.

What a Friend we have in Jesus

Lazarus is truth fact about what a friend we have in Jesus. Maybe we feel that our life is dead, but Jesus able to resurrection our faith. Maybe you need to recover your life, job, married, relationship, and all heavy burdens you have. Bring it to Jesus and He will make a resurrection to renew your life and soul.

Good luck, good health, and God bless us.


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      EphremHagos 3 years ago from Addis Ababa

      It is part of the training of disciples: past, present and future (if there is any).

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      EphremHagos 3 years ago from Addis Ababa

      The MASTER OF TIME is never late!

      Jesus wept because of the unbelief by his disciples rather than the death of his friend as many assume.

      It is written: “I am glad that I was not with him, so that you will believe” twenty verses before “Jesus wept”. (John 11: 15, 35)

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      Jennabel 3 years ago

      Knogwedle wants to be free, just like these articles!

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      Lori Ozmun 5 years ago

      The shortest and most powerful meaningful scripture for me personally. I can't explain or put into word's why, it just alway's has been for me...

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      EphremHagos 6 years ago from Addis Ababa

      The reason why Jesus wept can be discerned from the context and the timing.

      By the end of his ministry, precious few of his disciples were prepared to accept the kind of death he was going to suffer as a means for his perpetual self-revelation to posterity. (John 11)

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      Blondey Hubpages 6 years ago

      Just wrote a hub Psych ward nite of hell.

      Your hub touched me deeply

      I have been very hurt

      I needed a friend

      and I got some relief

      You are wonderful.

      God bless you.

      Life is a series of hills and valleys.

      Jesus is our best friend. I'm touched that he wept for Lazarus, it's good to have feelings and show them and you too. It's the heart that matters, more so than being wealthy or the smartest man, sometimes the finest grains of wisdom are in the child.


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      6 years ago

      It's the shortest verse in the English Bible, anyway.

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      davidkaluge 6 years ago

      In my book, "It is time we truly know why Jesus wept at the grave of Lazarus" a must read for humanity, it was shown that we can relate that simple incident to many situation. Jesus did not weep when a widow lost her only son instead Jesus said to her, "weep not" so why did Jesus weep because of Lazarus? What is special about Lazarus? why is "Jesus wept" the shortest verse of the bible? It a mystery which I tried to unravel in the book.