Christian Vulnerability

Samaritan's Song

I am most drawn to Jesus at the times He is most vulnerable.

The miracles are great, don’t get me wrong.  And I am a big fan of His moments with Peter: the water-walking, the restoring.  They matter a lot to me.  But more than anything, I am drawn to two places when I want to feel close to Jesus: the Garden of Gethsemane, and Lazarus’ tomb.

At Lazarus’ tomb, Jesus weeps.  We don’t have certain proof of why precisely He wept.  Scholars have posited many suppositions: His sorrow over death in general, His empathy with Mary and Martha, His grief over sin, His recognition that raising Lazarus would essentially sign His own death sentence.  For me, it’s enough to know that, according to the Greek, He felt sharply.  Jesus was so overwhelmed by His feelings, for whatever reason, that He was moved to tears.

Similarly, it’s evident in…

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