"By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion.” Psalm 137:1
Rev. R.J.Barber, Jr. speaks about the history of Tabernacle Time, the nation's oldest daily religious radio broadcast. Video recorded June 20, 2016.
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Last month we looked at some of the times that God’s Old Testament servants were brought to tears. This month we will consider some of those times in the New Testament that speak of weeping.
Although he was said to be a “rock”, the apostle Peter often wavered in his faith. The most glaring incident of this is his denial of even knowing our Lord. Like many of us, when he realized this failure he was filled with remorse. “And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crows, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly”. Matthew 26:75
In John 20:11, Mary Magdalene is seen weeping outside the tomb where Jesus had been buried. “But Mary stood without at the sepulcher weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulcher”.
Perhaps the tenderest scenes in all Scripture are those times when our Savior was brought to tears. As Jesus looked upon the grief of his friends over the death of their brother, John writes eloquently, yet succinctly, in John 11:35, “Jesus wept”. Then, as Jesus nears the city of Jerusalem, Luke 19:41 depicts his sorrow, “And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it”.
In the book of Revelation chapter four, the writer, John, is brought to weeping over the lack of anyone worthy to open the book that will continue his vision. He is then comforted by the presence of the Son of God who is altogether worthy to reveal those pages.
These are very emotional subjects. They serve to impress upon us the consoling fact that we are never alone in our times of sorrow. God’s people from all generations surround us. Our Lord Jesus Christ accompanies us.
Thank you for your continued prayers and gifts to this ministry. In all situations, in joy and sorrow, your continued presence is felt. I end this letter with one glorious truth. There is coming a day when all tears will be dried. “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away”. Revelation 21:4