It’s true, he did. A family had lost a brother. When Jesus entered their home he found them weeping for their loss, and so, he wept with them. It’s in John 11:35.
This blog isn’t about grief, or about Jesus weeping, or even about raising the deceased from the dead, which Jesus did. His name was Lazarus. It’s in John 11:43-44.
No, this blog is about the shortest verse in the English language Bible. Growing up, I had several occasions to quote it.
- At bible camps when quoting a verse received a reward.
- At Vacation Bible Schools when quoting a verse received a reward.
- In bible classes when memorizing a verse received a reward.
Quoting John 11:35 was the least labor intensive path.
You might think those rewards were really special? They weren’t. They were things like a pack of gum or some little doo dad that meant little and were soon lost.
It wasn’t about the rewards.
The Real Reason
The motivation to quote was to avoid negative attention. It wasn’t impressive to quote the shortest verse, it was just the easiest way to avoid embarrassment. I did’t want to be the kid who was laughed at, or have their teasing. It was about my insecurity.
I’n not sure that peer pressure was a good motivation for kids to learn scripture.
That shy little boy had no idea he would grow up to be a preacher, but he did. Over the years I’ve memorized and quoted others verses in addition to John 11:35. It’s a good thing and the rewards have been rich and plentiful. I guess it’s the motivation that changed.