Sunday, April 30, 2017

If You Really Need Comforting ...

We live in a world where families are torn to pieces. Children have broken hearts. Many older men and women are still broken hearted children inside. 

They disguise their brokenness with respectability, hard work, success and prosperity. 

Others stumble from divorce to divorce, partner to partner, sickness to sickness.

We need the love of God and His healing power.

He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds. NIB Psalm 147:3 

Many men and women find this difficult to believe. When we think of God and the Bible, we think of Church and Religion or we think of sects or cults and we feel mistrustful.

Some of us are also burdened with spiritual wounds from religious abuse.

Most of us respect Jesus. When we get to know and understand Jesus, we will find many misunderstandings fade away and disappear.

Jesus personally experienced extreme rejection and he understands the pain of horribly mistreated children and rejected men and women.

Jesus suffered very cruel persecution and not only in the last years of his life.

When he was barely 2 years old, his parents fled to Egypt where they lived as refugees. When he was still a little boy, his parents returned to Israel and lived in a town with a very bad name.

Everyone knew Mary had been pregnant before she married, so Jesus was despised as a supposedly illegitimate child. Religious people can be very cruel and Jesus experienced religious cruelty all his life.

Our heavenly Father loves you and me. He sent His only Son to live a human life and suffer with and for us.

That wasn’t for any selfish motive. He did it for you and me. He did it because he loves us.

Jesus had to suffer the deepest pain of rejection.

He is like a father to us, tender and sympathetic to those who reverence him. Psalm 103:13 (TLB) 

The prophet King David cried out to God in his pain.

See my sorrows; feel my pain; forgive my sins. Psalm 25:18 (TLB) 

Jesus came as the Jewish Messiah and the Saviour for all people. He came as the answer to King David’s prayer. He sees your pain and he hears your sighs. 

God sent his son to be tortured on the cross but that was not cruelty on God’s part.

Jesus offered himself for us because he loves us.

When Jesus spoke to his disciples about the cross, they didn’t understand him.

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

“If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.” Jn 14.6-7

When you see Jesus suffering on the cross, you see the love of God for you. 

This is the way Father God loves you. This is how his heart beats for you.

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