John 11:28-37 – Jesus was fully human

John 11:28-37 (ESVST)
28 When she had said this, she went and called her sister Mary, saying in private, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.” 29 And when she heard it, she rose quickly and went to him. 30 Now Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was still in the place where Martha had met him. 31 When the Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary rise quickly and go out, they followed her, supposing that she was going to the tomb to weep there. 

After Martha told Jesus that she beleived, she went back to the house to call Mary. She told Mary that Jesus was there and was calling her. On hearing this news, Mary rose quickly and went to meet Jesus. The important thing to note in this verse is that the Jews were at all times with Mary. So when Martha told here that Jesus was calling here, she said it in a way that only Mary could have heard her. So, she whispered. Now since the Jews did not know why she was rising up quickly and leaving them, they followed her thinking she was going to the tomb to weep. 
Another important point is to note that Jesus had not entered the village yet. This is significance because, no one including the Jews, can accuse him of tampering with the tomb in any way since he had not yet even entered the village. 
Now two things have been confirmed here, one that Lazaraus is truly dead since it has been four days and that Jesus had not tampered with the tomb. 

32 Now when Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet, saying to him, “ Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” 

This is the same statement made by her sister Martha.

33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled. 34 And he said, “ Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “ Lord, come and see.” 35 Jesus wept. 

Mary was weeping and the Jews who were with her were also weeping. The circumstance was very sad and this deeply moved Jesus in his spirit and was greatly troubled. As any human being would do, he also wept. This is an indication as well that although Jesus was and is fully God, he was also fully human. 

36 So the Jews said, “ See how he loved him!” 37 But some of them said, “ Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man also have kept this man from dying?”

Could he have?, the Jews asked themselves?
Posted in John 11, The Gospel of John.

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