Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen
by Erik Momsen
Don't let yourself go, 'cause everybody cries and everybody hurts sometimes (R.E.M.).
Another way of saying this is:
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, each one to his own way; (Isaiah 53:6)
For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, (Romans 3:23)
What we are and the lives we live are by and large not what God intended.
There is a lot of hurt in the world today. There is a lot of hurt in every heart. We lose the ones we love through death or deceit. The ones we love hurt us through neglect, disrespect or even violence. Some, like Job, seem to lose almost everything. A pastor friend has lost his grandson and son within one year.
Perhaps all real pain is an attack on the heart. What should be, falls apart. Our hopes and dream are left as burnt remains. The hopes we had for our children, our marriage, our business, our friendships all smoldering and black. Only pain and regret remain.
Take your deepest hurt, perhaps buried for years, and have the courage to look at it again. We know it is still there! This pain can bring you closer than you even imagined to the "man of sorrows". There is someone we know well who experienced the same and so, so much more.
And He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee with Him, and He began to be sorrowful and very heavy. Then He said to them, My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Wait here and watch with Me. (Matthew 26:37,38)
Jesus had to look directly into the face of death, destruction, despair, loss - into the face of hell itself. He breathed it in for all humanity.
"My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death." (NIV)
I often think about the world and all its brokenness and need and I know there is no hope but grace that comes through the cross. No matter how hard we try or don't try we are not winning. Only He makes all things new.
Jesus experienced all our pain in the days leading up the Good Friday. From Judas leaving the table, to the disciples running away, the whipping, the nails, the spear and the ministry to the dead (1Peter 4:6).
He experienced pain unimaginable - body and soul - and came out the other side. He came out beyond death.
TOOK OUR INFIRMITIES & SORROWS
Isaiah 52:13 - 53:12 is quoted more in the New Testament than any other passage and is called the "Gospel in the Old Testament".
All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, each one to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53:3-6)
- What pills or potions will we take for our pain?
- Try to drown it in forgetfulness or business.
- Try another lover to fill the great love lost.
Only Jesus knows the full pain in your heart. He is the "man of sorrows" now risen from the dead and powerful in Spirit to meet you in the pit.
"And His face was like the sun shining in its strength. And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. And He laid His right hand upon me, saying to me, Do not fear, I am the First and the Last, and the Living One, and I became dead, and behold, I am alive for ever and ever, Amen. And I have the keys of hell and of death." (Revelation 1:17,18)
Date Added: 2011-04-26
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