Jesus Understands Our Pain
Jesus’ selfless love and His sacrifice is the ultimate proof that He fully understands our pain and suffering. Jesus had to suffer to be our perfect Savior. That is why He is our sympathetic High Priest. “For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15). The book of Isaiah gives us a glimpse of Jesus’ pain and suffering:
“He is despised and rejected by men,
A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.
And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed
He was oppressed and He was afflicted,
Yet He opened not His mouth;
He was led as a lamb to the slaughter…” (Isaiah 53:3-5,7).
Jesus is very touched by our sorrows and disappointments. All the sufferings that evil men could put upon Him were His daily cup, which reached the climax in His trial and crucifixion. The ultimate expression of divine love is the Father’s gift of His own Son (John 3:16), through whom it becomes possible for believers to be “called the sons of God” (1 John 3:1). God’s Son died so that we don’t have to die eternally. The punishment that we deserved, He received. “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).
Seek His Comfort
Therefore, Paul invites those that are suffering, “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrew 4:16). He who makes it a habit to go daily to the throne of grace to receive a supply of God’s mercy and grace, will receive the “rest” of soul that the Lord has provided for His children.
Jesus assures His people, “I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28) for My “yoke is easy” and My “burden is light” (Matthew 11:30). The “yoke” of Christ is the divine will as summed up in God’s law (Exodus 20:3-17) and magnified in the Sermon on the Mount (Isaiah 42:21; Matthew 5:17–22).
Because of His death, all that accept Him as Lord and Savior will live and prosper; because of His sufferings, many will find peace and eternal happiness. And all that had been lost as a result of sin will be restored (Acts 3:21). The new heavens and the new earth will be the ultimate recovery from the sin and corruption that, as a result of the fall, ruined the perfection of His original creation (Isaiah 65:17–25; Micah 4:8).
Christ became the “heir of all things,” and He will share His inheritance with those that He has rescued from the hand of the enemy (Hebrews 1:2; Romans 8:17; Colossians 1:12). Believers will share in His triumph, not as slaves, but as sons and daughters redeemed by His blood and destined to reign with Him forever. The Bible declares that the Lord “have made us kings and priests to our God;
And we shall reign on the earth” (Revelation 5:10 also 2 Timothy 2:12). Praise His holy Name!
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In His service,
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