Jesus wept so it is alright and necessary to cry from pain, sorrow, grief, loss, abandonment bereavement, fear, tears of joy. Cry if you feel a need to do so privately or in public discreetly. It is a misconception crying is a sign of embarrassment and weakness so told not to cry so be tough and hide true feelings. Some conceal it all cost so internalize feelings and then implode through anger, hurts, undealt with vitriol or unresolved health issues. Crying is the response to overwhelming emotions so some people cry easily than others during times of intense sadness, profuse joy or overwhelming relief. It is natural part of creation in the “image of God” in Genesis 1:27 as Bible describes of having qualities and emotions of God. Jesus lived on earth among and felt full human emotions in Hebrews 4:15 so expressed feelings so wept on behalf of people in John 11:35, Luke 19:41. Jesus wept in Garden of Gethsemane during intense prayer night of arrest, crying God stop imminent death in Matthew 26:38-39 and Hebrews 5:7. In hard times King David cried and worshipped God.In days of Jesus’ life on earth He offered prayers, petitions and fervent cries and tears to God to save people from death. God heard Jesus because of His reverent submission so sent an angel to comfort Him in sorrow.” Since Jesus is God in the flesh, we can say that, when Jesus cried, God cried. God-Man Jesus experienced human life and as Spiritual God became man endured pain, human experience. Jesus identified with grief and sorrow, sheds actual real tears due emotions, pain, sorrow on behalf of all mankind that overwhelmed Him. Jesus has emotions so understands the need and importance of expressing feelings to be in control of His mind. Although Lord God, He chose to make Himself emotionally responsive to our choices.
• He sorrows against sin (Genesis 6:6; Psalm 78:40).
• He is sad if rejected (Isaiah 65:1–3; Jeremiah 8:19).
• He grieves idolatry and worldliness (Exodus 20:5;34:14; Joshua 24:19).
• He rejoices with love over His children (Zephaniah 3:17; Isaiah 62:5).
• He hates wickedness (Psalm 5:5;11:5; Proverbs 6:16).
• Has great compassion for His creation (Psalm 103:8; Joel 2:13).
Joseph cried because he understood what brothers were saying and had to turn aside so that they could not see his tears in Genesis 42:21-24. He knew real repentance involved feeling of regret over consequences of sin so proceeded to forgive them and told them what the devil meant for evil God turned to good to Bless all nations from famine. So did Jesus instead of vengeance sacrificed His Life as ransom for many. Scripture says He could ask LORD God of heaven’s armies (Zechariah 8:14; Isaiah 22:14) to rescue Him if He wanted to. Jesus cries tears to show us God’s sorrow in a very human way. Jesus came to help people understand God so told disciples “If you see me, you’ve seen Father God” (John 14:9). His experiences expressions help us open up to bring understanding incomprehensible grief. So experienced gruesome pain on the Cross to compare with human grief is hard to understand such spiritual realities. Jesus showed us the Father in physical comparison only way to grasp sacrifice and atonement for sin from Gospel Truth. So, the Bible records Jesus Wept for us to know He understands our feelings. He created us with ability to weep, allowed Himself to weep in the flesh as a good example. In the Bible there are numerous examples of many people who cried and wept on various occasions. This is so reassuring to confirm to people crying is a normal part of life so it is perfectly acceptable.
Crying is a relief from trapped emotion in moment of pain. God uses tears or crying feeling to helps overcome to prevail not to be anxious, stressed, fearful, overwhelmed says Isaiah 46:11. Jesus understands us so weeps with us in same way for same reasons to comfort us and intercede on our behalf before Father God. The world say men don’t cry, but in the Bible the strongest people cry out to God as Jesus God in the flesh did, David cried, Joseph and Peter wept. Cry on God’s shoulders in prayer and allow Him to comfort you as Psalm 34:17, The righteous cry out to God for help in times of distress and God hears. Jesus during the Last Supper told Peter he will deny and disown him 3 times. It written in Bible in Gospel of Matthew 26:33-35, Gospel of Mark 14:29-31, the Gospel of Luke 22:33-34 and the Gospel of John 13:36-38. The denial accounts in Gospels show repeated denial of Peter among people. Peter remembered what Jesus said during the Passover so went outside to weep bitterly. After Jesus resurrected from death on the third day, He visited disciples in the Upper room in John 21:15-17. So Jesus asked Peter 3 times if he loved Jesus and Peter said yes so repented and forgiven by Jesus who made Peter the rock on which to build His Church and Peter became the first head of the church. Peter cried for his sins so Jesus saw his genuine regret and forgave Peter. King Solomon said there is a time to cry and weep in life. It is essential to allow men to cry not to mask pain with alcohol or substance but to let raw pain out to wash out their grief, anger, bitterness among others. The Bible says weeping may endure for a season but not comes in the morning so blessed are those who weep now for the shall laugh in eternal life. In heaven there is no more pain, weeping, sorrow, grief, lamentations, crying because GOD HIMSELF comforts us and takes all pain away. Therefore in heaven is a glorious presence of refreshing joy forevermore.
Crying & Weeping Bible Verses:
Genesis 23:2Sarah died in Kiriath-arba (Hebron) in land of Canaan; Abraham mourned for Sarah and to weep for her.
Psalm 42:3Tears are my food day and night they say to me where is your God.
Revelation 5:4Then I began to weep greatly because no one was found worthy to open book or to look into it;
“Genesis 27:38Esau said to his father, Do you have just one blessing, my father? Bless me, me, father Esau lifted his voice and wept.
Genesis 37:35His sons and daughters rose to comfort him, but refused to be comforted said, Surely I will go down to Sheol mourning for my son.” So his father wept for him.
Judges 11:37She said to her father, “Let this thing be done for me; let me alone two months, go to the mountains and weep because of my virginity, I and my companions.”
Ruth 1:9“May the LORD grant that you may find rest, each in the house of her husband.” Then she kissed them, and they lifted up their voices and wept.
1 Samuel 1:8Then Elkanah her husband said to her, “Hannah, why do you weep and not eat and why is your heart sad? Am I not better to you than ten sons?”
1 Samuel 20:41When the lad was gone, David rose from the south side and fell on his face to the ground, and bowed three times They kissed each other and wept together, but David wept the more.
2 Samuel 3:16Her husband went with her, weeping as he went, and followed her as far as Bahurim. Then Abner said to him, “Go, return.” So he returned.
2 Samuel 13:1Tamar put ashes on her head and tore her long-sleeved garment on her; and put her hand on her head so went away crying loudly as she went.
2 Samuel 15:30David went up the ascent of the Mount of Olives, and wept as he went, and his head was covered and walked barefoot. All the people who were with him each covered his head and went up weeping as they went.
2 Samuel 18:33The king was deeply moved and went up to the chamber over the gate and wept. And thus he said as he walked, “O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! I should die instead of you Absalom, my son!”
2 Kings 8:11He fixed his gaze on him so ashamed, and the man of God wept.
2 Kings 13:14Elisha sick with illness to die, Joash the king of Israel came to him wept and said, “My father, my father, chariots of Israel and its horsemen!”
2 Kings 20:3“Remember O LORD, how I walked before You in truth with whole heart and did what is good in Your sight Hezekiah wept bitterly.
Job 16:16“My face worn from weeping, And deep darkness is on my eyelids,
Psalm 39:12“Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear to my cry; Do not be silent at my tears; For I am a stranger with You, A sojourner like all my fathers.
Psalm 56:8Take account of my crying, put my tears in Your bottle and book.
Psalm 102:9 I have eaten ashes like bread mingled my drink with weeping
John 11:33Jesus saw her weeping and Jews who came with her weeping was deeply moved in spirit and troubled,
John 20:11Mary was standing outside the tomb weeping; and so, as she wept, she stooped and looked into the tomb;
Deuteronomy 34:8Sons of Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days; then the days of weeping and mourning for Moses came to an end.
Psalm 137:1By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept and remembered Zion.
Numbers 14:1The congregation lifted up their voices, cried, people wept all night.
1 Samuel 11:4-5The messengers came to Gibeah of Saul and spoke these words in the hearing of the people, and all the people lifted up their voices and wept.
1 Samuel 30:4 David and people with him lifted their voices and wept until no strength in them to weep anymore.
2 Samuel 1:12They mourned, wept, fasted till evening for Saul and his son Jonathan and the people of the LORD and house of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword.
2 Samuel 1:2“O daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, Who clothed you luxuriously in scarlet, put ornaments of gold on your apparel.
2 Samuel 3:34“Your hands not bound, or your feet put in fetters as one falls before the wicked, you have fallen.” And all the people wept again over him.
Job 2:12When they lifted their eyes at a distance did not recognize him, raised their voices and wept. Tore his robe and threw dust over their heads toward sky.
Psalm 80:4-5O LORD God of hosts, how long will You be angry with prayer of Your people?
Isaiah 15:2-3They went to temple, Dibon to high places to weep. Moab wails over Nebo and Medeba everyone’s head bald and every beard is cut off.
Isaiah 33:7Brave men cry in streets, The ambassadors of peace weep bitterly.
Mark 5:38They came to the synagogue official home, saw commotion, people loudly weeping and wailing.
Acts 21:13Paul answered, “Why, weep and break my heart? I am ready to be bound and to die at Jerusalem for the name of Lord Jesus.”
Matthew 26:75Peter remembered word Jesus said, “Before a rooster crows, you will deny Me 3 times so wept bitterly.
Mark 14:72Rooster crowed second time. Peter remembered Jesus made remark to him, “Before rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times began to weep.
Luke 22:62He went and wept bitterly.
1 Samuel 2:33‘I will not cut off men of from My altar but eyes will fail weeping and soul grieve increase of house dead in the prime of life.
Luke 7:38Standing behind Him at His feet, wept, wet His feet with tears, and kept wiping them with hair of her head, kissing His feet anointed with perfume.
Hebrews 12:17Afterwards, he desired to inherit blessing, was rejected, found no place for repentance with tears.
Nehemiah 8:9Nehemiah, the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the LORD your God; do not mourn or weep.” For all the people were weeping when they heard the words of the law.
Jeremiah 3:21A voice heard weeping by supplication for sons of Israel perverted their way, forgot the LORD their God.
James 5:1Come now, you rich, weep and howl for miseries are coming upon you.
Numbers 25:6Then behold, one of the sons of Israel came and brought to his relatives a Midianite woman, in the sight of Moses and in the sight of all the congregation of the sons of Israel, were weeping at the doorway of the tent of meeting.
Deuteronomy 1:45“Returned and wept before the LORD; but the LORD did not listen to your voice nor give ear to you.
Judges 20:26The sons of Israel and all people went up and came to Bethel and wept, remained before the LORD fasted until evening. Offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD.
Judges 21:2People came to Bethel and sat there before God until evening, and lifted up their voices and wept bitterly.
Ezra 3:12-13Many of priests, Levites and heads of fathers’ households, old men who saw first temple, wept with loud voice when foundation of house laid before their eyes shouted aloud for joy,
Isaiah 22:12-13In that day the Lord GOD of hosts called you to weeping, wailing, shaving head and wearing sackcloth.
Jeremiah 25:34“Wail, you shepherds cry wallow in ashes, you masters of the flock, days of your slaughter dispersions have come to fall like choice vessel.
Jeremiah 31:9“With weeping they will come, And by supplication I will lead them; I will make them walk by streams of waters, On a straight path in which they will not stumble; For I am a father to Israel, And Ephraim is My firstborn.”
Jeremiah 50:4 At that time,” declares the LORD, “sons of Israel will come, they and the sons of Judah as well; they will go along weeping as they go, and it will be the LORD their God they will seek.
Lamentations 1:2She weeps bitterly in the night And her tears are on her cheeks; She has none to comfort her Among all her lovers All her friends have dealt treacherously with her; They became her enemies.
Lamentations 2:18Their heart cried out to the Lord, wail daughter of Zion let tears run down like river day and night; Give yourself no relief, eyes no rest.
Joel 2:12“Even now,” declares the LORD, “Return to Me with all your heart, And with fasting, weeping and mourning;
Amos 5:16-17Thus says the LORD God of hosts, “There is wailing in plazas, streets ‘Alas! Alas!’ They call farmers to mourn, professional mourners to lamentation.
Amos 8:10“I will turn your festivals into mourning your songs into lamentation; And bring sackcloth on everyone’s loins, baldness on every head And make it like a time of mourning for an only son, And the end of it will be like a bitter day.
Zechariah 12:10-11 “I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn.
Matthew 8:12The sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
Psalm 119:136My eyes shed streams of water for not keeping Your law.
Jeremiah 13:17If you do not listen My soul will sob in secret for your pride my eyes bitterly weep flowing down with tears as flock of the LORD taken captive.
2 Corinthians 2:4Out of affliction and anguish of heart I wrote to you with many tears; not to be made sorrowful, but to know my love for you.