Today’s message from God Calling – A.J. Russell, reminds us that Jesus, Lord of Lords and King of Kings, our Savior, our Creator, was, and is still today, a man of sorrows. The message bids us to draw near to Him whenever we feel the sorrow of rejection or betrayal, or something else the world puts upon us. He knows our sorrow; and He is well acquainted with grief. He wept over the city, and over a woman’s loss of her son. He was overcome with the sorrow of being misunderstood and rejected by the jeering crowds, and with grief over their hard-heartedness. Turning away from Jesus and rejecting Him, brings them pain in the end; and He knew that. That’s what grieved Him most.
When I think about Jesus as a man of sorrows, I think, not only of His sorrow and suffering. I think of His compassion, mercy, grace, and love toward those who were suffering and sorrowful. He was the man of their sorrows. He reached out to them in their suffering and offered solutions, compassion, and victory for them. “Go first and learn what this means: I desire mercy and not sacrifice,” He said. A sacrifice a thing-even time is a thing we can sacrifice. But mercy lends its very self; it’s heart and soul to the suffering one. When I think of this, I think of Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane, praying for us. The Bible tells us that His sweat was like great drops of blood coming from His forehead. “Father, if it be your will, let this cup pass from me,” He prayed. He didn’t ask that out of fear for His life. He asked that because our lives-humanity, as He was seeing tit all in His flesh, were too degraded, demeaned, distorted, and destroyed. He experienced the divine sorrow of the Holy Spirit in His flesh. That same divine sorrow makes us weep, leaves us speechless, and brings us to our knees in prayer over our fellow man as we live out our lives in this world. May I never forget to pray for someone else, or to reach out to them in their need, their suffering and sorrow. I have to ask humbly then, Lord, make me a woman of sorrows,
Love you from Cafe du Mondieu Copyright by Marina Morrison (aka) Eden Stillwater, December 4, 2018, 4:57 p.m.