Life is sometimes a struggle. Life is often messy. Life has sorrow and pain sometimes more than joy and peace. Loved ones get sick. Loved ones pass away. Abuses happen. Finances are tight. Friends abandon us. Injustices occur. Worlds come crashing down.
Will things ever get better? Why do these things happen so much?
Why, God, Why?!
There is no easy answer. There is sometimes just the grief and anger and hurt.
But there is someone who does know a bit about sorrow and suffering.
He was despised and rejected by mankind,
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. Isaiah 53:3
This passage in Isaiah is prophetically describing the life of the Messiah – the one we know as Jesus of Nazareth. Read Isaiah chapter 53. He was most definitely a man of suffering and sorrow. He was all too familiar with pain.
He heard the whispers growing up about his parents. He felt the loss when his father Joseph passed away. He felt the pain of his own family and friends not believing who he said he was. He felt the scorn from the religious leaders of that day. He understood what it was like to be falsely accused. He was a victim of injustices. He stood alone, even his closest friends abandoning him during his darkest hour. He bore the pain of the whips and the thorns and the fists and the nails. He felt helpless as he saw the pain in his mother’s eyes as she stood on Golgotha watching her firstborn son die a shameful and gruesome death. He felt unfathomable loneliness as even The Father turned from him in the briefest of moments in time, but what probably seemed an eternity as he hung on the cross.
Jesus was familiar with pain, or as the King James says, “acquainted with grief.”
But this Man of Suffering – He knows. He was moved with compassion time and again as he ministered to the poor, the sick, the dying, the grieving. He was not uncaring. He was not indifferent. He was not impassive. He was moved time and again. In fact, Jesus wept.
When you are going through bad times, He knows. If anyone can actually feel your pain, Jesus can.
Enjoy this song from Jeremy Camp – He Knows.