Can God suffer?
Can God suffer? The impassibility of God is the teaching "that God is not capable of being acted upon or affected emotionally by anything in creation.” (Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, page 553). It is of course true that God cannot be cut into two or three parts. God cannot be hurt by a supernova. God is not bound by time and space as we are.
We may think of God’s unchangeable power. God is master and Lord, a commander and judge. It is easy and natural to think that God is not very mindful of me or anyone else at all. As the Psalmist asks “what is man that you are mindful of him”? (8:4). But the Bible reveals an extraordinary truth about God.
When Jesus visited Bethany after the death of Lazarus he was in the midst of Mary and the other Jews weeping. Then Jesus wept (John 11:35). Tears came out of his eyes in sympathy with Mary and the others grieving over the death of Lazarus. Jesus is one with the Father. Jesus perfectly reveals God to us. All things were made through Jesus, yet tears streamed down his face in sympathy for Mary.
We may never understand why God would care so much for his creation, but this is certainly good news, even if it is hard to believe. God cares for us. God cares for you. When Paul said, “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” (Rom. 12:15), he was giving the word of God who practiced what he preaches.
The greatest miracle of the scriptures is sometimes called “The Passion of Christ”. It is the love of God expressed in the suffering of Jesus. That is Amazing Love.