Jesus wept. (John 11:35)
It’s the shortest phrase in the Bible, and it’s the one I love the most.
It’s easy to think that being tough, being a rock, showing no emotion, wearing our hearts nowhere near our sleeves, shows that we can be depended upon when times get tough.
Jesus was a rock.
Jesus is someone who, regardless of who you consider Him to be, was the strongest superhero of them all. Historical figure. Prophet. God’s son. Someone we can call on — or whose memory we can call on — when we hurt the most because Jesus is a rock upon which anyone can lean.
It’s easy to think that.
But Jesus wept.
Why? Because He thought from the heart.
When we hurt, thinking with our brains is the worst thing we can do. Advice from well-meaning friends whose advice comes filtered from their own experience is the last thing we need.
What we need most when we are in spiritual and emotional crisis, is for those around us to hold us … to weep with us.
What we need most is someone who knows our only way out of a crisis is through it.
What we need most is for someone to remind us that all is well and God, the Universe, the One Who Put Us Here loves us unconditionally and … He/She has got this. All we need to do is let go.
Not only because He felt the pain of those He loved, but because He took their pain into His own soul.
Because even though He was a spiritual superhero, He knew the only way He could ease the pain of those who sought His help, was to let them feel the pain of loss and turn to faith.
It was only then that their pain would not only subside but serve its purpose.
So, put on your superhero cape and weep.
Because the superheroes who embrace humanity are the ones who touch eternity.