Jesus Knows

“Christ’s heart is a human heart, a sinless heart, a tender heart; a heart once the home of sorrow, once stricken with grief; once an aching, bleeding, mournful heart. Thus disciplined and trained, Jesus knows how to pity and to support those who are sorrowful and solitary. He loves to chase grief from the spirit, to bind up the broken heart, to staunch the bleeding wound, and to dry the weeping eye, to ‘comfort all that mourn.’ It is His delight to visit you in the dark night-season of your sorrow, and to come to you walking upon the tempestuous billows of your grief, breathing music and diffusing calmness over your scene of sadness and gloom.”

– Octavius Winslow, Evening Thoughts, January 11 (1958).

(HT: Of First Importance)

Jesus knows. Whatever it is you’re going through, however little the people around you, or even you yourself, understand it, Jesus knows. He gets it. He feels it. And He loves you. He wants to be with you, no matter how little you want to be with yourself. He wants to heal your wounds, even if those wounds are too deep even for you to name.

This is Good Friday. As we remember Jesus’ death for us, let us remember that His life was for us too. His life proves to us that He understands pain, fear, rejection, betrayal, and a host of other human emotions that we experience, but don’t understand. He lived this way so we would know that He understands. “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” He gave His death for you, but He also gave His life. And He is with you now.


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