July 23, 2017
Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
Romans 8:12-25
Genesis 28:10-19a
Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24

Tears Of Sadness, Tears of Gladness

from the book
Tears Of Sadness, Tears Of Gladness
Gospel Sermons For Lent/Easter

Albert G. Butzer, III

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This morning let's consider together what is often called the shortest verse in the Bible: "Jesus wept." Even though it's a bit longer in the New Revised Standard Version from which we just read, it's still a very short verse. But even more to the point, it is a very important verse. Jesus wept.

The Gospels tell us that Jesus wept on just one other occasion. According to Luke's Gospel, Jesus wept over the city of Jerusalem. Presumably, he wept because that city, like so many of our cities today - cities like Chicago and New York and Washington - was filled with people unwilling to embrace the reign of God which Christ came to inaugurate. So he wept over the city. Here in John's Gospel the circumstances are different. After learning of the death of Lazarus, Jesus began to weep. The question I want to invite you to ponder this morning is why - why did Jesus begin to weep?


This sermon, Tears Of Sadness, Tears of Gladness, is based on John 11:1-45. This sermon relating to John 11:1-45 is excerpted from the book 'Tears Of Sadness, Tears Of Gladness '. SermonSuite offers online sermons and professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, children's sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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