I did some studying after I came upon this verse, and I could only find two specific times in the New Testament where Jesus “wept“. The first being when he found out about the death of his dear friend, Lazarus. The second, below, when he was coming into Jerusalem:
“And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,” -Luke 19:41 KJV
Both of these instances were in regards to OTHERS. Which convicted me.
It made me think, as Christians, when was the last time we wept over… Liberal, KS? Or our country? Or our workplace? Our school? The students? Teachers? Coaches? Our unsaved loved ones? The list could go on and on.
But you could also take it to a more personal level…
When was the last time you wept over your own sin? Like Peter did, when he denied Jesus… Three times to be exact. Which we see three chapters later:
“And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And Peter went out, and wept bitterly.” -Luke 22:61-62 KJV
I think it’s safe to say that denying Christ comes in many forms. Any time we don’t choose Jesus in our words, through our actions, or even our thoughts… we’re denying Him.
Wow. So much to weep about… but do we? #conviction