Jesus wept so we could rejoice

Ask anybody who knows the Bible what its shortest verse is and the usual answer is Jesus wept. Found in John 11:35, this verse tells of Jesus reaction to human suffering at the death of a beloved friend.

What many people dont know is that if you go back to the original Greek text, there is a verse just as short. 1 Thessalonians 5:16, Rejoice evermore, (KJV) has 12 Greek characters, as many as the Greek characters for Jesus wept.

But what does this have to do with anything? The basic idea of Jesus wept even seems to go directly against the concept of rejoicing evermore. If you look at it, though, Jesus weeping has everything to do with it. You see, Jesus wept out of compassion and love for us. This is found all throughout scripture.

And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, Matthew 14:14.

And when the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her, Luke 7:13. Then Jesus beholding him, loved him, Mark 10:21.

The key verse is Romans 5:8: For God commendeth His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. One way to translate commendeth is to introduce favorably. So God introduces His love favorably to us by Christ dying for us while we were still sinners.

It is because Jesus had compassion and love for us, because He wept for us, that we can have salvation.

Jesus wept so that we might rejoice evermore.

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