John 11:35 Jesus Wept 3/18/2001

 

* Three occasions when Jesus wept (Ezek 33:11, 24:21-24, 18:30-32)

 

 

1. At Lazarus' Grave (John 11:32-37)

 

 

* Jesus groaned in the spirit (John 11:33,36, Isa 53:3-4)

 

 

* How does God prepare us? (John 12:3, Heb 12:5-8)

 

 

 

2. Over Jerusalem (Luke 19:41-44)

 

 

* He beheld the city (Rev 3:12, Matt 23:37, Luke 19:42)

 

 

* Not be left one stone upon another (Luke 19:43-44, 21:5-6,22, Rev 20:7-9)

 

 

 

3. In Gethsemane (Heb 5:7-9)

 

 

* Sleeping for sorrow? (Luke 22:39-46)

 

 

* Separated from the Father (Psalm 22:1, Matt 27:46, II Thess 1:9)

 

 

Please turn with me to the Prophecy of Ezekiel, chapter 33.

Today we will study the shortest verse in the Bible: "Jesus Wept".

 

Did you know that there were:

* Three occasions when Jesus wept? (Ezek 33:11, 24:21-24, 18:30-32)

You will find those three events in the Sermon outline in your Bulletin.

 

But this raises the question:

"Is there in those three events a common denominator WHY Jesus wept?"

Why would the Lord Jesus Christ, who is God Himself, weep?

Would God weep for Saints who die and go to heaven? Definitely not!

Would God weep for the sufferings of the Saints? Perhaps!

Would God weep for the wicked who die and must go to Hell? That is a distinct possibility.

 

We read in Ezek 33:11,

Ezekiel 33:11 Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel? (Because of the wickedness of man this is what God has to do.)

 

God has no pleasure in sending the wicked to Hell, but God must do that because God's righteousness demands such a severe penalty.

Who are the wicked? Right here in this verse God says that the house of Israel are the wicked.

 

Now, these words were written also for our time. Apply these words to the N.T. time.

Is it possible that the house of Israel today, which is the Church, are the wicked? That is certainly a possibility.

Please turn with me to Ezek 24. There in Ezek 24:21 we read:

 

Ezekiel 24:21 Speak unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will profane my sanctuary (Jerusalem), the excellency of your strength, the desire of your eyes, and that which your soul pitieth; and your sons and your daughters whom ye have left shall fall by the sword.

Ezekiel 24:22 And ye shall do as I have done: ye shall not cover your lips, nor eat the bread of men.

Ezekiel 24:23 And your tires shall be upon your heads, and your shoes upon your feet: ye shall not mourn nor weep (2X); but ye shall pine away for your iniquities, and mourn one toward another.

Ezekiel 24:24 Thus Ezekiel is unto you a sign: according to all that he hath done shall ye do: and when this cometh, ye shall know that I am the Lord GOD.

 

Paraphrased, God says: "You shall not weep for the destruction of the city of Jerusalem, but you shall weep for your sins".

Weep not for a dead city. Weep not for an empty temple, but weep for your sins, because sins lead to Hell. Weep for people going to Hell.

 

Now please turn to Ezek 18:30,

Ezekiel 18:30 Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin.

Ezekiel 18:31 Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel?

Ezekiel 18:32 For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn and live ye.

 

O now I see. God says that I must repent, but God also says that this repentance is accompanied by making myself a new heart and a new spirit. But I cannot do that. God must do that for me by grace.

1. Jesus Wept At Lazarus' Grave (John 11:32-37).

Please turn to the Gospel acc. John 11.

Jesus was on the other side of the Jordan when Lazarus died.

Lazarus was dead 4 days when Jesus finally came to Bethany where the sisters of Lazarus were mourning for their dead brother.

But now, Jesus was going to raise Lazarus from the dead, which was an outstanding picture of what salvation is. Lazarus was a friend of Jesus. Lazarus' soul was in heaven.

We read in John 11:32,

John 11:32 Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.

John 11:33 When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled,

John 11:34 And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see.

John 11:35 Jesus wept. (Why did Jesus weep? The soul of Lazarus was in glory.)

John 11:36 Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him!

John 11:37 And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died?

 

Jesus wept. Why did Jesus weep?

Jesus knew that He was going to raise Lazarus from the dead.

NO! Jesus did not weep for the dead body of Lazarus.

Did Jesus become sentimental and did He weep because He saw Martha and Mary weeping and all those Jews weeping?

NO! Jesus was going to give them the happiest moment in their life.

But there were some other people standing there for whom Jesus wept. Look at verse 37.

Jesus wept for those who reproached Him for allowing Lazarus to die.

And Jesus wept for others who were witnessing this resurrection and remained unsaved (V.46)

 

Did you ever wonder why Jesus told the parable of the Rich man and Lazarus in Luk 16? Usually, when Jesus told a parable, He did not mention any names. But in that parable Jesus mentioned the name Lazarus. Of course, that was another Lazarus.

But why did Jesus mention the name Lazarus?

 

Do you remember, what was the bottom line of that Parable? "If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead."

 

And what is the bottom line of the actual raising of Lazarus from the grave in John 11? "If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead."

 

That is why Jesus wept. He wept for people going to Hell.

"They said unto him, Lord, come and see." And then Jesus wept!

Jesus wept, because physical death is a shadow of the Second Death.

Because of the wickedness of man this is what God has to do.

 

* Jesus groaned in the spirit (John 11:33,36, Isa 53:3-4).

We read in John 11:33,

John 11:33 When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled.

Why did Jesus groan in the spirit?

Why was Jesus troubled?

We have already concluded that it was not for sentimental reasons.

And we have already concluded that Jesus did not weep for people who died physically.

 

When Saints die in their body, their soul will be in glory. Then there is no reason to weep.

When the unsaved die in their body, however sad, their destiny is sealed. It is too late to weep for them.

Why did Jesus groan in the spirit? Why was Jesus troubled?

We find the answer in verse 36.

John 11:36 "Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him!"

 

Jesus was troubled in the spirit because He loved them so.

Jesus loved Lazarus, and Martha and Mary, and Jesus loved many of the other Jews who were standing around and who were to become saved.

 

Jesus saw their sins, but Jesus loved them so much, that He was willing to go to the cross for them and endure the wrath of God in their place.

Jesus was willing to endure the equivalent of an eternity in Hell for them.

 

The Jews thought that Jesus wept because Lazarus whom He loved had died.

But Jesus groaned and was troubled in the spirit, because He was anticipating that He had to suffer the Second Death for the sins of those whom He loved.

 

He was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.

Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead as a picture of salvation for all those whom He came to save.

But Jesus knew that He was going to pay the awful price for this decision.

That is why God says in Isa 53:3-4,

 

Isaiah 53:3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Isaiah 53:4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

 

He Himself took our infirmities and bare our sicknesses.

Think of Lazarus who was dead 4 days. His body was rotting and stinking. The maggots crawled in and out of his body.

Would you have embraced his dead body to give it your life, and then you would be dead in his place? Would you do that?

I could not do that.

But Jesus did that, spiritually.

And Jesus did more than that. Jesus went through the fires of Hell for Lazarus, spiritually.

That is how much He loved Lazarus.

And Jesus is willing to do that for everyone of us.

 

Such an incomprehensible love of Almighty God for sinful creatures such like us.

But because of the wickedness of man this is what God has to do.

 

* How does God prepare us? (John 12:3, Heb 12:5-8)

Here at the grave of Lazarus we see another aspect of the raising of Lazarus.

 

This was the unique occasion for Jesus to teach Mary and Martha about His own death and resurrection.

Through this traumatic event of Lazarus' death and then the joyous return of Lazarus from the death, Mary and Martha could see a glimpse of what Jesus had to go through to satisfy the righteousness of God.

We know that Mary understood this, because we read in the next chapter, in John 12:3,

 

John 12:3 Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odor of the ointment.

 

Jesus explained this action of Mary: "She did it for My burial".

Here we see that Mary understood more that the Disciples did.

Here we also see an example of how God prepares us for a deeper understanding of His salvation, through the trials we have to go through in this life.

 

Everyone in this world has to go through trials, but not everyone is affected by those trials the same way.

Those trials will only benefit us by the grace of God.

For example, not everyone seeing the raising of Lazarus became saved.

Not everyone hearing the Gospel of God's saving grace will be saved.

Not everyone having been saved has a complete understanding of God's plan of salvation.

The Disciples were saved, except Judas Iscariot, and Mary and Martha and Lazarus were saved, but not everyone understood that Jesus had to suffer and die for our sins.

But Mary understood it.

 

So here we see the principle, that a saved person does not have immediately a complete understanding of everything the Bible teaches.

But God will give that person some understanding in His time.

 

By the grace of God, He lets us go through trials, and prepares us before those trials come, and He teaches us through those trials that His providence has taken care of us ALL the time.

Then we learn what God is saying to us in His Word, and that is how we get to know God, through trials.

Please turn with me to Heb 12.

 

Perhaps you remember that God speaks about that in Heb 12:5-8,

Hebrews 12:5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:

Heb 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

Hebrews 12:7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?

Hebrews 12:8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

 

Why does God have to do that?

Why does He have to rake us over the coals?

Why does God have to push our face in the mud?

Because of the wickedness of man this is what God has to do.

 

2. Jesus Wept Over Jerusalem (Luke 19:41-44)

Please turn with me to the Gospel according to Luke, chapter 19.

 

You know that in this chapter the Lord Jesus arranged for His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, when He was hailed as the King of Israel, five days before His crucifixion.

 

But then we read in Luke 19:41-44,

Luke 19:41 And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, (2X)

Luke 19:42 Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.

Luke 19:43 For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side,

Luke 19:44 And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.

 

What did Jesus see? He saw Jerusalem. He wept over it.

Why did Jesus weep?

 

Let's be clear about one thing: The Lord Jesus was not shedding tears over bricks and mortar.

Also Jesus did not weep over the Saints in Jerusalem.

But Jesus wept over the unsaved in Jerusalem.

 

Jesus could see what no other man could see on that day: Billions of people who were unsaved and who were doomed to endure the Second Death in the Lake of Fire.

These were billions of people throughout time who heard the Gospel, but remained unsaved.

 

But why did Jesus weep about the souls of unsaved people at this particular time?

Let's face it:

Jesus knew that five days later the curtain, separating the Holy of Holies in the Temple, would be torn from top to bottom.

The result of that was that the Temple was no longer the place where God resides and Jerusalem would be no longer the Holy City, and the nation of Israel would no longer be God's favorite nation.

 

All that would come to an end when Jesus died on the cross, and all the physical things of the O.T. would turn out to be only signs and shadows of Christ and of His salvation.

And all the physical shadows of the O.T. would be replaced by the spiritual reality of the N.T.

 

So, why did Jesus weep for unsaved people at this particular time?

First of all, He saw the results of His preaching for 3 years.

The perfect teacher of all times has been teaching the Jews the Gospel of salvation.

But what did they cry out? "Blessed be the king that cometh in the name of the Lord".

After all this preaching they still wanted an earthly king who would drive the Romans into the sea. Just like the Church today is looking for a Messiah who will set up for us a kingdom on this sin cursed earth.

What do they really want? They want Jesus, but they want this sin cursed earth too.

 

But that is not the Jesus whom we know from the Bible.

Why does God allow these lies to infiltrate the Church?

Because of the wickedness of man, this is what God has to do.

 

* And then He beheld the city (Rev 3:12, Matt 23:37, Luke 19:42)

What is the Holy City that is really of great importance to God?

God says in Rev 3:12 that it is the New Jerusalem, which is also called the Body of Believers, the spiritual temple of God:

 

Revelation 3:12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.

 

When Jesus beheld the city of Jerusalem, the wicked city that would condemn Him to death in five days, He saw at the same time the N.T. Church that was symbolized by the old city of Jerusalem.

 

When Jesus beheld the Temple, which was only a building of brick and mortar, designed and built by the wicked king Herod the Great, Jesus saw at the same time the Temple of God that was the Body of Believers, which was symbolized by that building of brick and mortar.

 

When Jesus wept at Lazarus' grave, He wept for people going to Hell.

When Jesus wept over Jerusalem, again He wept for people going to Hell.

Perhaps you remember, Jesus said in Matt 23:37

 

Matthew 23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth

her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!

 

Again, when Jesus wept over the spiritual Jerusalem,

He wept over people in the Church going to Hell.

The N.T. Church, just like the O.T. Congregation, have heard the Word of God but they only pick and choose what they like, and in this way they have rejected the Word of God.

 

They have rejected the Bible as a whole.

They actually want nothing to do with it. That is why Jesus said in Luke 19:42,

 

Luke 19:42 Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! (Meaning salvation.) But now they are hid from thine eyes.

 

Paraphrased, Jesus says to the O.T. Congregation:

"If your ears had been open, you could have known Me. But now, it is too late."

Paraphrased Jesus says to the N.T. Church: "If your ears had been open, you could have known Me. But now, I will remove thy candlestick out of his place, and I will not put it back."

 

The principle is this: When sinners harden themselves against God's will, then God in turn will harden them even more in their stubborn unbelief.

Because of the wickedness of man, this is what God has to do.

 

The result will be that there will:

* Not be left one stone upon another (Luke 19:43-44, 21:5-6,22, Rev 20:7-9)

What did Jesus mean by that?

 

Luke 19:43 For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side,

Luke 19:44 And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.

 

Was Jesus speaking about the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD?

That cannot be, because that event is not in the Bible.

The basic rule is that we must be comparing spiritual things with spiritual. (1Cor 2:13).

 

Jesus was speaking about the attack upon the faithful Saints. God speaks about the great apostasy, which will definitely come before Christ returns, ^ in many places in the Bible.

"The beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against the Saints, and shall overcome them."

It will seem that Satan has won. Please turn with me to Luke chapter 21.

Jesus spoke about this dreadful time again in Luke 21:5-6,

 

Luk 21:5 And as some spake of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and gifts, he said,

Luke 21:6 (As for) these things which ye behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

 

Clearly, the focus is on the Temple, which is a representation of the Church as the Temple of God.

The focus is not on the city of Jerusalem, because the city of Jerusalem has not been destroyed to the extent that there is not left one stone upon another.

The Wailing Wall, a remnant of Solomon's Temple, is still standing now.

 

But Jesus wept for the Church, which will be assaulted to the extent that it will be entirely scattered, so that not one stone will be left upon another.

 

Jesus said in Luke 21:22

Luke 21:22 For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.

 

"That all things which are written may be fulfilled".

What were the things that are written? Jesus was referring to the O.T. where the destruction of Jerusalem and of the Temple in Jerusalem in 587BC was a BIG event, which was written about many times in the O.T.

That destruction was a picture of the Final Tribulation Period, which is a spiritual assault by Satan on the remnant of faithful Saints.

 

But Satan will not be victorious. Jesus said: "These be the days of vengeance".

We read in Rev20

Revelation 20:7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,

Revelation 20:8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.

Revelation 20:9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.

 

The Saints were not devoured, but the enemy was.

What is the lesson for us in all this symbolic language?

Jesus reminds us: "Be Faithful". We live presently in the FTP.

Today it is so easy to be deceived with gospels that look so close to the true Gospel of the Bible.

 

Jesus wept for the Church, because the majority of the N.T. Church is being deceived, like the O.T. Congregation was.

Why does God bring in the FTP, which will be so devastating to the Church?

Because of the wickedness of man, this is what God has to do.

 

3. Jesus Wept In Gethsemane (Heb 5:7-9).

Please turn with me to Heb 5:7-9.

On Thursday evening, before Jesus was bound to be crucified, Jesus and His Disciples were in the Garden of Gethsemane.

The Lord Jesus separated Himself from the Disciples.

He even separated Himself from Peter, James and John.

 

There on Thursday evening the Lord Jesus began to experience the actual weight of our sins on Him, and He began to experience the wrath of God upon Him.

 

We read in Heb 5:7-9,

Heb 5:7 Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;

Hebrews 5:8 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;

Hebrews 5:9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;

 

We see here an apparent contradiction.

God the Son, in the days of His flesh, was the Lord Jesus Christ.

It was in the Garden of Gethsemane that He was confronted with the full horror of the Wrath of God upon all those sins He carried.

 

Jesus never hesitated to endure physical death on the cross.

Jesus already spoke of His death on the cross in John 3:14 where He said:

"As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up".

For this purpose He came into the world. He looked forward to it.

But Jesus had never experienced the full load of the Wrath of God.

What was this Wrath of God? Here in Heb 5:7 we see a glimpse of it.

 

The Lord Jesus was so horrified by the suffering that was involved in paying for our sins, that He "offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death".

He pleaded with the Father to save Him from death.

 

And the Father heard Him.

The Father granted His request.

But Jesus died on the cross.

This seems a contradiction.

 

Did the Father grant Him His request? Yes He did.

Jesus never asked the Father to save Him from physical death, but He asked the Father to save Him from the Second Death, the condition of Hell.

It was the penalty equivalent to an eternity in Hell for all those sins that He carried.

And the Father did save Him from that, because the Father did not leave His Soul in Hell.

 

On Friday at about 3:00 o'clock in the afternoon, on the cross, Jesus cried with a loud voice:

"IT IS FINISHED".

That was the moment He finished suffering for our sins in the condition called Hell.

Why did Jesus have to suffer so much?

Because of the wickedness of man, this is what God has to do.

 

Let's return now to the Garden of Gethsemane, and let's turn again to the Gospel according to Luke, chapter 22. We see here the same event from a different perspective. Why were the Disciples:

* Sleeping for sorrow? (Luke 22:39-46)

 

That does not seem to make sense.

If the Disciples were sorrowing, why were they sleeping?

If they were sleeping, they were resting in peace, but not sorrowing.

 

We read in Luke 22:39-46,

Luke 22:39 And he came out, and went, as he was wont, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him.

Luke 22:40 And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation.

Luke 22:41 And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed,

Luke 22:42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.

Luke 22:43 And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.

Luke 22:44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

Luke 22:45 And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow,

Luke 22:46 And said unto them, Why sleep ye? Rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.

 

Who was full of sorrow?

Jesus was full of sorrow, and He had to pay the penalty for our sins alone

Therefore, the Disciples were not full of sorrow.

They were sound asleep, because the Church was without a federal Head.

 

Jesus was separated from the Disciples, since He had to pay the penalty for our sins alone.

Do you realize that the Disciples had to fall asleep, because they were acting like a Church without a federal Head?

 

The First Judgment Day was at hand. This was Judgment Day for the Lord Jesus Christ.

But the Disciples were also a picture of the Church before the Second Judgment Day.

Now we understand why they were sleeping.

It was because they represented the Church in the FTP.

 

They were sleeping for sorrow. Whose sorrow?

Jesus wept, and they were sleeping. During the FTP the Church will be sound asleep in all kinds of false gospels. Think of Jesus' words in verse 46:

 

Why sleep ye? Rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.

What temptation is there in sleep?

Did Jesus not know that a multitude under the leadership of Judas Iscariot was about to show up? Of course Jesus knew that.

These words of Jesus were not for the Disciples, but for us in this century.

It is to us that Jesus says: Rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.

We need to be wide-awake, and pray that we remain faithful to the Word of God, lest we too fall into apostasy.

 

Why has God not stopped all this sorrow?

Why has He taken the candlestick out of so many Churches today?

Because of the wickedness of man, this is what God has to do.

 

* Jesus Was Separated from the Father (Psalm 22:1, Matt 27:46, II Thess 1:9)

Perhaps you are still not convinced that the Lord Jesus actually had to endure the equivalent of Hell for our sins. Let me bring back to your memory that Psalm 22 is a Messianic Psalm.

A Messianic Psalm is a prayer of Jesus, which He prayed, sometimes in secret, and sometimes confirmed in the N.T. text.

Psalm 22 begins with these words:

Psalm 22:1 My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

 

We know that this was a prayer of Jesus because we read in Matt 27:46

Matthew 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? That is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

 

Christ is God and the Father is God. How can God forsake God?

We cannot understand the depth of the sufferings of Christ.

But these words have been written for our learning.

These words indicate that Christ was separated from God the Father, to indicate that Christ was suffering under the condition of Hell.

 

One aspect of Hell is that it is a place of torment, but another aspect of Hell is that it is to be separated from the presence of God. We read in II Thess 1:9,

 

2 Thess 1:9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;

 

Therefore, when the Lord Jesus Christ cried with a loud voice saying: "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" He indicated thereby that in the spirit He endured separation from God, or the equivalent of the torments of Hell.

That is why Jesus wept.

 

Why has God caused so much suffering to occur?

Actually, man is the cause of all this suffering.

God is simply setting the record straight, so that His Righteousness will prevail.

Because of the wickedness of man, this is what God had to do.