Suffering with you
I’m watching the series A.D. The Bible Continues. It gives you a real look at the lives of Jesus and the disciples. It’s gripping and sometimes simply too much; then I’m forced to close my eyes.
The Romans had no respect for life. When they didn’t get their way, they simply started crucifying ten innocent, young Jews per day until they got the information they wanted.
Blood flowed. Whips were used. Soldiers trampled. Life was wrung slowly from people simply to show power. To cause fear. And they succeeded.
I need to see it, even though I turn my head away when it becomes too much. I need to understand the time when Jesus was here on earth. You see, I look through the lens of the world surrounding me at Jesus’ world when He was here on earth.
I see tarred roads and houses with green gardens. I see governments in suits governing around tables, kept in check by reason and humanity. I look with eyes that value human life.
So, my picture is skewed.
There was no law and justice in that time. It was barbaric. It was horrible. It was extremely horrible.
That was the time Jesus came to earth. Hit until He bled. Hit until something broke and then hit some more. Inhuman pain and hurt. Nailed to a wooden cross so that the blood flowed from Him, until Life died too.
Inhuman suffering and pain and hurt and hardship. So much so that Jesus felt so far from God at one stage that He called out: “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”. Have you ever been in such despair that even God was no longer nearby?
This is the third time that I write about this, because I want and have to push this point home. Jesus knows about suffering pain. Jesus knows about: “I can’t go on”. Jesus knows about wanting to give up. Jesus knows about wanting to get out, like wrestlers who can’t go on.
18Then, when he came before God as high priest to get rid of the people’s sins, he would have already experienced it all himself—all the pain, all the testing—and would be able to help where help was needed.
Jesus walks with you in your pain. He steps into your shoes with you and struggle on. He knows. He understands. He has been there, step by step. His tears rain down with yours.
Therefore, He cannot leave you. Not when He has experienced what you are experiencing.
Know that Jesus is with you in your struggle. Together you will get through it.
Do you believe in Jesus’ suffering?
Do you believe He suffers with you?
Do you believe that you can also suffer with others?
Jesus, I hear, but I don’t really know what to do with it. Please help me, I can’t anymore. Amen.