…he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled…Then Jesus, deeply moved again…
When Jesus saw how sad were Mary and the mourners, when he saw the tomb that incased his friend Lazarus, when he heard the questioning of His love and care for his friends – the doubt, the trying to apply their theology to their situation – Jesus was angry and agitated.
It’s not the flavor I expect from this story but that’s the basic meanings behind the words. Frankly I think he was ticked at the reality and consequence of the broken world. I get it.
Death was never his intention – nor was sadness and pain. Not trusting Him was not the original idea. He started with a garden to walk in with the people He created. He would care for them and in turn they would live in unbroken fellowship with Him. That was the idea.
But, I think, on this day, Jesus experienced human grief and fury over the whole situation. He wept with those who were weeping but I think He was grieving over a greater loss.
I’m glad to know it’s okay to weep angry tears when things are not as they should be. There are things to mourn. But, one day, anger and tears will be replaced – there will be resurrection.
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
DEEPLY MOVED – 1690 embrimáomai (from 1722 /en, “engaged in” and brimaomai, “to snort”) – properly, snort like an angry horse; (literally) “snort (roar) with rage” (BAGD) which expresses strong indignation, i.e. deep feeling that is moved to sternly admonish (A-S).
TROUBLED – 5015 tarássō – properly, put in motion (to agitate back-and-forth, shake to-and-fro); (figuratively) to set in motion what needs to remain still (at ease); to “trouble” (“agitate”), causing inner perplexity (emotional agitation) from getting too stirred up inside (“upset”).