12 Apr 2017
Sometimes you just want somebody to know what you’re feeling, without having to explain it all. And that’s who we have in our Lord Jesus. From the prophet Isaiah we hear, “The Lord God has given me a well-trained tongue, that I might know how to speak to the weary a word that will rouse them.” And we hear those words quite naturally on the lips on Jesus.
Jesus is well-trained in being able to comfort the weary because, of course, he himself suffered quite a bit. Jesus has been the suffering servant. And so, even before we have a chance to express our troubles to him, he already knows what we feel. We don’t have to say anything to him. We just have to feel our grief, knowing that the Lord grieves with us.
And, really, that’s a blessing of the Incarnation, and a blessing of the Lord’s suffering. Through Jesus’ suffering, he learned to suffer with us sinners. But he did that so he could speak (from his own experience) “a word that will rouse” us; a word of hope—that, in the end, there is no suffering, just heaven.
The Lord suffered and died, and rose again to show us that, in the end, the sun always rises. No matter how dark the clouds of life may get, there’s always the promise of a new day. And that’s from somebody who’s “been there, done that:” the Lord Jesus.