Bruised for our sake

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In the world of politics, there will always be those who say they “feel your pain” but have not actually experienced the pain and difficulty you may be going through. Their statement might seem a bit disingenuous. Jesus is no politician, but when He says He feels your pain, He’s lived it.

Isaiah 42:3 says “A bruised reed He will not break And a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish; He will faithfully bring forth justice.”  Jesus is the bruised reed. He is gentile. A bruised reed he will not break. Then Isaiah 53:10 says, “It pleased the Lord to bruise Him”. Why that particular phrase? I believe it is so we can know and understand that Jesus cares for the bruised and disenfranchised of the world. Not only can He feel our pain, He can do something about it.

Hebrews 4:14-16 says, “Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

Christ meant it when He said, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” Matthew 11:28-30

Somehow the answers to your situation, good or bad, easy or difficult is found in Jesus Christ. Jesus wants you to approach God the Father with your hurts and pain in prayer. Even when you have unanswered prayers, trust in God’s promises to listen and care for you.

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