Master, come and see,” they said. Now Jesus wept. John 11:34, 35 (MSG) Recently Sarah was presented with 2 job offers. She took the job offer that she felt was better suited for her family. A week later she received a call that the owner of the company decided to hire from within the company. Needless to say she was crushed. She called job number two but they had already hired someone else for the position. She was now jobless. What would she and her family do? Since the death of her husband, she was the sole bread winner. How would she and her family make it? She wanted answers. She was heartbroken. She was loaded with many whys and many tears.
What would you have said to her? Unfortunately some Christians promote the misconception, that if you are really trusting The Lord: "you role with the punches, you grin and you bear it." Have you not heard a strong Christian in the Lord should always be smiling and happy at all time? I believe these people are well meaning Christians but, well meaning Christians who are causing damage in the lives of people who are already wounded.
By no means are we to sorrow as if we don't have any hope. 1 Thessalonians 4:13 Our hope is in Christ. But, real Christians do hurt and cry. We are followers of Christ. He was a real man who was not afraid of showing His emotions. When Jesus' good friend Lazarus died, even though Jesus knew He would raise Lazarus from the dead, Jesus wept. If Jesus, being God the Son wept, what makes us exempt? Jesus Himself was well acquainted with sorrow and grief. He was not ashamed to show His emotions. Is He not our example?
Christians, are not immune to the tragedies of life. We too have mountain tops and valley experiences. We were given these emotion by God and we are allowed by Him to cry. We are not robots. We were given these emotions to express them. God will not hold it against us if we express our disappointments in life. But, the difference between us and the world is that we have a hope. It is this hope which causes us not to despair. ( Hebrews 3:6) It is because of this hope that we are able to encourage and reassure one another that what we endure on earth does not compare to the glories of our heavenly hope.
This hope is found in God's word. Get a taste of this out of the Message Bible: He’ll wipe every tear from their eyes. Death is gone for good—tears gone, crying gone, pain gone—all the first order of things gone.” The Enthroned continued, “Look! I’m making everything new. Write it all down—each word dependable and accurate.” (Revelation 21:4) God has promised us in His word that one day He will wipe every tear from the believers eyes. When will that take place? It will be when we are in His presence in our glorified bodies. If you are reading this, that means you are still in your earthly body. In our earthly bodies it is okay for us to cry. Once we are in heaven in our glorified bodies, there will be no tears. But, know Beloved of God, amidst the tears and sorrow we still have hope and victory in Christ.
About the Author: I'm Gladys Brown. I've loved Jesus for 27 years. Each day gets sweeter. I write to show glimpses of the Grace The Lord has shown to me. You can find me on the web at www.parousiaofjc.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/glimpsesofgrace