TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8
“When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, He was deeply moved in His spirit and greatly troubled. And He said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to Him, “Lord, come and see.” Jesus wept. So the Jews said, “See how He loved him!”
John 11:33-36 (ESV)
LONG JOURNEY: JESUS GETS MY SADNESS
In 1958, 35-year-old Englishwoman Anita Goulden went on holiday to Peru to visit her brother. She was about to go home when she saw an unbelievable sight–children with tuberculosis and meningitis lying neglected and abandoned in the street in pools of their own blood. “In my wildest dream, I had never thought of human beings in such shocking conditions,” her diary recorded. “The appalling poverty; the indifference of those around. I can only liken it to
visiting a store and finding all the goods priced wrongly. Precious goods worthless.” So, Anita stayed to help–for the next 44 years she stayed, only returning home one time before her death in 2002, and that trip was to buy medicine. Anita’s unwavering faith in God’s capacity to answer her desperate prayers for food, clothing or housing when there was none left for the children, has succeeded in providing permanent care for the most sorely afflicted and has established a good education for 250 of the poorest children from the shanties,” states the Anita Goulden Trust newsletter. (Daily Telegraph)
In Luke 11 Jesus journeyed to Bethany and the graveside of His dear friend Lazarus. It is here we get a glimpse into God’s heart for our hurt. In John 11:33 we see that Jesus is “deeply moved” by the weeping of Lazarus friends and family at the death of Lazarus. Rieu translates: “He gave way to such distress of spirit as made his body tremble.” In Greek the usual usage of the phrase “deeply moved” is of a horse snorting. Here it must mean that such deep emotion seized Jesus that an involuntary groan was wrung from his heart. Here is one of the most precious things in the gospel. So deeply did Jesus enter into men’s sorrows that His heart was wrung with anguish.
In Isaiah 53:3-4 we learn when Jesus journeyed to earth He “was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces He was despised, and we esteemed Him not. Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows;” How does it make you feel knowing that Jesus knows what it’s like to experience grief? How does it make you feel knowing Jesus is deeply moved by your hurts? Thank Him for taking the things that cause grief to the cross. Thank Him for carrying your sorrows.