- QuestionLet us remember that Lord Jesus wept. If Hell is not eternal or evil not permanent, why did Lord Jesus have to weep?He certainly did not need to weep if everything’s going to turn out okay in the end right?ReplyLord Jesus Christ wept because He is very compassionate and Feels our sorrows.He doesn’t stop the “cause of sorrow” before it happens because that would take away creation’s will for choice & consequence making it either unjust or robotic or programmed in some way (making it “fake”, not true). Amazingly, He shares in all our sorrows too, ‘unknown’ to most:“Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted.” (Isaiah 53:4, NASB)However, please consider the “Scriptural proof” below where “Jesus wept” does NOT prove hopelessness at all. In fact, it proves the direct opposite, namely that, because He Feels our sorrows, ‘He Will certainly Do something about it to end all sorrows eventually’ as the Biblical incident below clearly teaches.Verses:“Therefore, when Mary came where Jesus was, she saw Him, and fell at His feet, saying to Him, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.”When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, He was deeply moved in spirit and was troubled,and said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to Him, “Lord, come and see.”Jesus wept.So the Jews were saying, “See how He loved him!”But some of them said, “Could not this man, who opened the eyes of the blind man, have kept this man also from dying?” (John 11:32 – 37, NASB)Please notice that the story doesn’t end there (where He Weeps above). In fact, within a short time (probably minutes or hours), Christ Responded Beautifully as Follows.Subsequent Verses, continuing again from the above:“So Jesus, again being deeply moved within, came to the tomb. Now it was a cave, and a stone was lying against it.Jesus said, “Remove the stone.” Martha, the sister of the deceased, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there will be a stench, for he has been dead four days.”Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”So they removed the stone. Then Jesus raised His eyes, and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.“I knew that You always hear Me; but because of the people standing around I said it, so that they may believe that You sent Me.”When He had said these things, He cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth.”The man who had died came forth, bound hand and foot with wrappings, and his face was wrapped around with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”Therefore many of the Jews who came to Mary, and saw what He had done, believed in Him. ” (John 11:38 – 45, NASB)Please ponder: Probably just a few minutes earlier in the incident above, Christ Wept but quite immediately thereafter, He raised Lazarus from the Dead ending that “cause of sorrow”.The ending of “other causes of sorrow” (on earth or in the afterlife, by His Unchanging Principle to ‘declare the Glory of God by doing so’, John 11:40) may not be that immediate but must be certain, as the verse below promises too:“and God shall wipe away every tear from their eyes, and the death shall not be any more, nor sorrow, nor crying, nor shall there be any more pain, because the first things did go away.'” (Revelation 21:4, YLT)ConclusionWhether “Jesus Wept” on earth or in Visions of Heaven & Hell as some claim —> it NEVER proves eternal Hell, Hopelessness Nor that He can’t do anything anymore —-> as so commonly and fallaciously deduced against the verses above too but that He Will Act later when He Returns or is Received or “Believed”.P/S:Please remember that when Christ cried over Jerusalem He didn’t point beyond the temporal non-accepting of Him & promised His-acceptation in the “future” by saying, “you will not see Me UNTIL you say, Blessed is He Who comes in the Name of the Lord!” (meaning then, He Will ‘end’ that ’cause of sorrow’ due to rejecting Him & men falling into perdition):“For I say to you, you shall not see Me from now until you say, ‘Blessed is the One coming in the Name of the Lord.'” – Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 23:39, NASB)Yes, the ‘declaration of the Promised Glory of God’ means the ‘ending’ of ‘all sorrows’ and never the prolonging of any sorrow into eternity —-> as it always implies “Salvation” —-> and “All” Flesh will “See” (experience) it eventually “as it is written”:“Then the glory of the LORD will be revealed, And all flesh will see it together; For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.” (Isaiah 40:5, NASB)“Every valley will be filled,and every mountain and hill will be made low;and the crooked will become into straight,and the rough ways into smooth.And all flesh will see the salvation of God.”” (Luke 3:5 – 6, NASB)For example: the “crooked” made “straight” & “rough” made “smooth” implies ‘no’ eternal sorrow or ‘remaining in such states’, right? Please note the word “every” which quantifies each of the above, right?Can you see it?Can we “believe” it?Context: Messianic Prophecy —> ‘Salvation of God’ (Luke 3:6, Isaiah 40:5) includes the ‘Salvation of the Whole World too’ in the end!“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” – Lord Jesus Christ (John 3:17, BSB)“And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world.” (1 John 4:14, BSB)Yes, ‘all’ the ‘world’ (earth) will eventually ‘turn’ to Him as ‘it is written’ in the Ancient Messianic Prophecy below too by king David himself:“All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.” (Psalm 22:27, KJV)
Jonathan Ramachandran is founder at AnonymousChristian.org which serves as a Christian Blog discussing the Greater Hope of Biblical Christian in Christ Alone. He is also an IMO (International Math Coach) and a featuring Guitarist for many bands.