When Jesus Wept
By Brock and Bodie Thoene
Zondervan, March 2013
About the Book
Lazarus occupies a surprising position in the Gospel accounts. He was widely known as the man Jesus raised from the dead, but his story is actually much broader and richer than that. Living as he did at Bethany, near Jerusalem, Lazarus was uniquely placed to witness the swirl of events around Jesus.
When Jesus Wept, the first novel in The Jerusalem Chronicles series by bestselling authors Bodie and Brock Thoene, unfolds the turbulent times in Judea during Jesus’ ministry, centering on the friendship between Jesus and Lazarus. With rich insights from vineyard owners and vine dressers, the Thoenes explore the metaphor of Jesus as the True Vine, harvesting the ancient secrets found in the Old Testament.
Weaving the life of Lazarus, who owned a vineyard, into the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ will help you understand it is the hand of Love Divine that holds the knife, that cuts and breaks with such tender and loving touch, and that we who have born some fruit, after the pruning, can bear much more.
Okay, this novel made me cry a few times, especially toward the end. That gets big points from me because this story made me ponder my life and the things that I believe. I found the way the story was put together very emotionally gripping. The way the various scriptures and prophecies were woven into the story made the truth of the Bible even more clear. I loved how the authors gave the story context.
One thing I never thought about before was this: How did Lazarus feel about being brought back from the dead? He was in a perfect, timeless place where there was no pain, sickness, or injustice. Maybe Jesus wept in part because He knew what he was ripping Lazarus away from when He called him out of the tomb, but it had to be done since it was part of God’s plan.
The scriptures also talk about how the priests and Pharisees not only wanted to kill Jesus, but Lazarus as well. Of course, after living in paradise, how could one who tasted eternity in all of its beauty now fear death? Simply put, he didn’t. What struck me about this truth was this: If that’s what we have to look forward too, then we need to have no fear of death. As Jesus said, “Do not fear those who can kill the body, but those who destroy the soul.” I’m paraphrasing it, but you know what I mean. Excellent read!
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