Real Pain

Jesus experienced real physical pain that God would know our pain. 

Matthew 27:28-44 NKJV

Jesus experienced real grief that God would know our pain. John 11:33-35 NKJV

Jesus experienced rejection that God would know our pain. Mark 8:31-34 NKJV

We can know God hears us and understands our pain. Romans 8:25-28 NKJV

 

Sometimes we are so enveloped by our pain that we are unable to see the pain of others or even care about the pain of others. The one comfort we have is that God understands our pain. He has not exalted Himself above this horrible, consuming human experience. 

The Bible gives us clear pictures of Jesus suffering through being misunderstood, being rejected by family and friends, mourning the death of a friend, enduring hunger and thirst, standing up to ultimatums and constant betrayal by His friends. Jesus died after being physically, mentally and emotionally tortured by people like us and our same sin. Jesus' last vision of those watching him suffer was, I believe, the ages of suffering, yet, to come because of sin. This was anguish in it's purest form.

God does not want us to suffer but a lot of Jesus' life was suffering. Jesus might have asked "Why me?" Or He could have complained and refused to submit to such treatment. He loved us so much that he stayed the course that His Father God had laid before Him. His sacrifice was absolutely necessary to make less our pain and save us from eternal death. 

God desires a personal relationship with us. He wants us to trust Him and knows that we cannot trust anyone who has never experienced what we are experiencing. He loved me enough to become nothing, powerless, poor and rejected. He loved me enough to be small, plain, criticized, and abandoned. When I am experiencing pain, I can pray to Jesus because through the crown of thorns upon his brow and the gashes in his back, I know He seen me, understands me. My pain is real pain to God.

Mickey & Dave

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