Devotional Readings

When Jesus Wept for Satan

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief. Isaiah 53:3.

After sin and rebellion entered our universe, after there had been war in heaven, and after Satan and his angels had been cast out, Satan was not satisfied with what he had accomplished. He experienced no genuine sorrow that he had sinned and hurt Someone who loved him, but he became terrified as he saw the results, even from that point, of his rebellion.

“Satan trembled as he viewed his work. He was alone in meditation upon the past, the present, and his future plans. His mighty frame shook as with a tempest. An angel from heaven was passing. He called him and entreated an interview with Christ. This was granted him. He then related to the Son of God that he repented of his rebellion and wished again the favor of God.” Now notice: “Christ wept at Satan’s woe but told him, as the mind of God, that he could never be received into heaven. Heaven must not be placed in jeopardy.”–The Story of Redemption, p. 26.

Jesus wept–at the beginning of the separation and sorrow caused by sin; as He looked ahead and saw Adam and Eve forced to leave the beautiful Garden He had created with them in mind; as He saw Cain, unable to tolerate the righteous Abel, violently ending his brother’s life, and then refusing to repent.

He saw the growing wickedness of the world, the wars, the crimes, the hatred, until all but eight souls were destroyed from the earth.

He saw those in misery, in slavery, the masses who looked with longing eyes for a Deliverer, and yet rejected Him when He appeared among them.

He saw Gethsemane, Calvary. He saw how few would accept His sacrifice, and how feeble was the faith of even the few. He wept because of the unbelief, the sorrow, the fear, the pain. He saw martyrs suffering for His sake. He saw those who denied Him to escape suffering.

He sorrowed because Satan, whom He still loved, could not be saved. His heart was broken with the pain of separation from a loved one, from an unnumbered multitude of loved ones, with whom He could never be reunited. What a tremendous commentary on the love of God is the statement “Jesus wept.”

from Faith that Works
Morris Venden | Review & Herald (2000)
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