The Sorrows of Young Werewolf (eyeteeth) wrote,
The Sorrows of Young Werewolf

Jesus wept

This is another joke, I mean besides Where's Walter? that my subconscious brain recently told me. This time it was as I was groping for the snooze button myself.

Jesus' state of mind in John 11 is a complicated question. The chapter specifies that Jesus deliberately waits two days after hearing that Lazarus is sick to go see him: he wants Lazarus to die, so that his resurrection can demonstrate the glory of God. Furthermore, he has utmost confidence in his ability to raise Lazarus. But before resurrecting him Jesus both weeps and groans inwardly. Why do you suppose that is? Is he weeping for himself, because he knows that bringing a man back from the dead is what's really going to make the high priests want to kill him? Is he weeping for Lazarus, and his grieving sisters and friends, because he feels guilty that he let Lazarus die? Or maybe it's something else. The very next chapter mentions that the high priests have it in for Lazarus too, though frustratingly it does not say whether or not they actually succeed in killing him again. Maybe Jesus is weeping because he knows that this is going to make a good show but Lazarus is just going to buy it in a couple of days anyway.

I chose to draw Jesus smiling because I figured he would appreciate the humor of the situation. I think he was kind of a funny guy. When Lazarus' and Martha's sister Mary anoints his feet with costly ointment he says she's embalming him, which is the kind of joke my sister doesn't like it when I make. And then that crack he makes to Judas about how people should be nice to him because "the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always" -- that's funny. That he calls Simon Peter, or Cephas, "rock" -- that's funny too. What is he trying to say? That Peter's dependable, or maybe that he's kind of dumb? Or maybe he's thinking of what's going to happen to Peter when he tries to walk on water. Hey, Rocky, want to be my disciple? Sure you do.

Then there's this whole scene before Jesus and his pals go to see Lazarus:

8 His disciples say unto him, Master, the Jews of late sought to stone thee; and goest thou thither again?

9 Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world.

10 But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him.

11 These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.

12 Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well.

13 Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep.

14 Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.

Tags: funny jews, jesus, judas iscariot, lazarus, stix, the bible
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