John 11:35 is the shortest verse in all of the scriptures. Although the verse is only two words, eleven characters, it give us great hope for the future.
When Jesus’s good friend Lazarus dies, (John 11:14), sorrow filled the hearts of many. When Jesus traveled to Lazarus’ home, he finds that the ill-stricken Lazarus had just passed. Lazarus’s sister Martha came to Jesus and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you” (John 11:21–22).
“When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled. And he said, ‘Where have you laid him?’ They said to him, ‘Lord, come and see.’ Jesus wept” (John 11:33–35).
Because Jesus cried, we know he understands and cares about our tears. Because he wept, his perfect and sinless tears became our own.
He Will Wipe Away Every Tear
Our Savior truly understands our grief. He experienced the agony of this world firsthand. He was rejected, abused, abandoned, mocked, cursed, tempted, and scorned.
“For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.” – Hebrews 2:18
And because he understands our pain and our sorrow, there will come a time in which he will wipe away every tear from humanity.
Because Jesus wept, we have hope that one day, our tears will be no more.