Jesus Cried

Jesus Cried

March 25, 2023

Bible Readings

Take a few minutes to read the Bible verses listed and ask the Holy Spirit to lead you in how this verse applies to you this week.

John 11:1-43

Memory Verse

Mark 12:31b

“Love others as much as you love yourself.” (CEV)

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Think of all the feelings you feel in a day. You might feel happy when your mom makes your favorite breakfast. You might feel frustrated when you’re struggling to solve a tricky math problem. You might feel nervous to sing in a choir concert. Have you ever stopped to think about what others may be feeling? When we empathize, we learn to understand and enter into the feelings of others. Empathy can help us love our neighbors in the way that Jesus wants us to.

Jesus knew three siblings named Lazarus, Mary, and Martha. They were friends of Jesus and loved God. Lazarus had been very sick, and he died. Mary went to Jesus, and she kneeled down at his feet. She was very upset. After all, Jesus had healed so many people in the past. Why didn’t he come to heal her brother before it was too late? She told Jesus, “If you had been here, my brother would not have died.” Jesus saw Mary crying, and he cried. In fact, he was so incredibly sad, he wept. But he knew that God would be glorified when he raised Lazarus from the dead, and he did just that.

Jesus’ healing of Lazarus was a miracle, but this story is also amazing because it shows us how Jesus’ emotions were just as human as ours. Jesus saw that Martha and Mary were sad, and he felt deep sadness with them. He understood their hearts and their needs. Through crying with his friends and sharing in their sadness, Jesus set an example for us by showing empathy towards others. And by entering into the feelings of our friends, listening to them, and caring for them, we can follow Jesus and show his love.


Dear God, thank you for the stories in the Bible that show us how Jesus felt what we feel. Thank you that we are never alone and that you are with us all the time. Please help us to spread your love by showing empathy toward others. Amen.

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Areo Keller-Donahue

Areo Keller-Donahue

As soon as Areo could pick up a popsicle stick, she was making puppets and putting on plays that shared her faith with her neighbors. Areo grew up with a strong interest in musical theatre and earned her BFA at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Areo was led to use artistic gifts to share the gospel with young ones, and she became involved in ministry. She has worked in children's ministry at Redeemer Upper West Side and North Way Christian Community and is currently developing a musical live-action series that celebrates faith and fun. Areo and her husband live in Pittsburgh, where they enjoy spending time with their families and adorable cat, Daisy.

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