I have often written about what I regard as the spiritual superiority of theistic Christianity over a non-theistic religion of enlightenment and realisation in which the emptiness or unreality of the self is perceived and the pure consciousness of the absolute attained. Not that I deny or belittle this state in any way. I have the greatest respect for the achievement of the Buddha as I do for the profound psychological teachings of Buddhism, but I think there is something more. Something that is encapsulated in those two words, Jesus wept.
Let us recall the situation that prompted these tears. Lazarus had died and when his grieving sisters took Jesus to see the body four days later he wept. Jesus had human emotions! I remember reading this ages ago and being taken aback. Why did Jesus weep? Wasn't he a superhuman sage, above all that kind of thing? And didn't he know he could bring Lazarus back to life? To be honest I'm still slightly puzzled about this but what I take from it now, and wish to highlight here, is that Jesus loved. He was not so detached that he had no humanity. He felt, and he felt deeply. He valued the individual. He loved the person.
And if that is the case it means that the person is real, not just an illusionary state to be transcended and seen through when wisdom dawns, but real, eternally real. Why would Jesus weep for what didn't exist? And, even if he knew he could restore Lazarus to life, he could still shed tears for present suffering, individual suffering. Non-dualistic religion has this similarity to materialism or any ideology in which God is not completely central. Ultimately, when you strip everything down to the bone, the person as a real entity does not exist. Personhood can only exist for us if it exists for God. And if it does not exist for God then nor does it for us, and so, while there may be enlightenment and blissfulness and peace and such like, there is no love (or, for that matter, beauty since beauty depends on the dual reality of the one and the many, and the fact of the hierarchy of existence).
But there is love and it goes right to the very heart of existence for God does have personhood and so do we since he created us in his image and gave us individuated parts of himself as our very being
And that is why Jesus wept.