How does God feel about human tragedy?
Sometimes we waste time philosophizing, when the Bible holds out clear answers…
For instance, our clearest window for seeing who God is to look at Jesus:
No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him. (John 1:18)
And what do we know about how he reacted in the face of human tragedy?
Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it, saying, “If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. “For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side, “and level you, and your children within you, to the ground; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation.” (Luke 19:41-44)
Then, when Mary came where Jesus was, and saw Him, she fell down at His feet, saying to Him, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.” Therefore, when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled. And He said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to Him, “Lord, come and see.” Jesus wept. Then the Jews said, “See how He loved him!” (John 11:32-36)
He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief. (Isaiah 53:3)
If we don’t see the significance in verses like these, and if we need to immediately begin to get “theological” to “figure it out,” we’ve missed something.
The Jesus we preach is the only One who knows perfectly what Humans suffer, and who came to show us God’s reaction to the matter…