The Pain of Jesus

CynthiaI recently experienced a very painful surgical postoperative period. As I lay in bed with tears in my eyes from the pain, I thought of Jesus — of what He went through on the cross. I am not sure we can imagine accurately the agony of a slow, cruel death by crucifixion. Jesus was fully human (1 John 4:2; John 1:14) and felt every searing tear of His flesh. That He did it willingly for us is beyond what most humans would or could do. It might be that a human would do it for a loved one in which the love is reciprocated (Romans 5:6 – 8), but Jesus did it for us when we were His enemies (Romans 5:10). He loved us when we hated Him (Isaiah 53:3).

What other faith can boast of a God who becomes human and dies a brutal, unjust, painful death in order for us to have a relationship with Him here on earth and for eternity? What other religion can conceive of a God who loves us so much that He became like us to show us the way to Him (1 John 1:1 – 3)? We can know that Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6) by the sinless life He led (Hebrews 4:15; 1 Peter 2:22) and the sacrificial death He endured for us. He paid for OUR sins on the cross (Isaiah 53:4 – 6) and His resurrection assures us of eternal life with Him, IF we respond to Him as He has instructed us in His Word (1 Corinthians 15).

Even in our own times of great pain, we can learn from life and from God’s Word. While some view suffering as a reason to deny God, I see it as a great reminder that God has been where we are and knows all of the anguish we go through (Hebrews 4:15).

Photo: Patty Gibson

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