[Calvary Chapel] 2005-03-31 - God Understands

Matt 26:38 Then He said to them, "My soul is deeply grieved, to the point of death; remain here and keep watch with Me." (NASB)

Did you ever feel like your world had just ended. I know I have. And if you haven't, well you just haven't lived long enough yet. Jesus was facing the most terrible moment in history. He was approaching the time when, as He bore the sin of the world, the Father would turn His back on Jesus. From before the beginning of time the Son and the Father had been in perfect fellowship - never apart - and that was about to change.

If you have ever lost a close relative or friend, if you have ever been punished for something you had not done, then Jesus has walked that path and understands. Jesus suffered the loss of his friend Lazarus. He went without food and drink and was tempted beyond our understanding. His authority was questioned by those who had authority in name only. And, He took the punishment for each of our debt of sin.

There are many who are dealing with very difficult circumstances. If you are one of them and feel that no one can possibly understand your pain, then know three things. First, there is no situation that God is not in control. He may indeed have you where you are for a reason. Second, He loves you. The Lord will not forsake you. Third, He knows exactly where you are and how you feel because He has suffered the same trials and temptations you are dealing with today.

Heb 4:15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. (NASB)

This is an amazing truth for all of us to take to heart. The Creator of the Universe somehow put on our humanity and frailty to win us back from eternal punishment. And, in the process, walked the same paths we walk every day and experienced all the joys and sorrows we experience. We can bring everything from a skinned knee to a crushed and broken heart to Him and He understands.

Grace & Peace,

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