GOD CRIES


Do you know that God cries?

Isaiah 63a:
In all their distress he too was distressed…

The prophet Isaiah teaches that God empathizes with human suffering. When people suffer, God suffers.



There have been theological systems that try to present a God without passion. The Father is sometimes presented as a serene Buddha-like being who is detached from human experience and knows better than to engage in frivolous emotions.

The prophet Jeremiah brought this message from God:


Jeremiah 14:
17 “Speak this word to them: “‘Let my eyes overflow with tears night and day without ceasing; for the Virgin Daughter, my people, has suffered a grievous wound, a crushing blow.
18 If I go into the country, I see those slain by the sword; if I go into the city, I see the ravages of famine. Both prophet and priest have gone to a land they know not.’”


God tells his people that he sees the injustice and weeps endlessly for his much loved child. The ability to cry profoundly reflects the image of God.


Hebrews 4:
14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.


Jesus is able to empathize with our weaknesses. The Man of Sorrows was found crying on more than one occasion.


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