These last few months have been difficult for all of us worldwide with all the horrible terrorist activities. I certainly has been difficult for me to remain positive during these times as I’m sure it has been for many. I have to admit that I have felt frustration, sadness, and depression recently even though I didn’t know anyone who was hurt in the bombings in both Paris and San Bernardino. I can’t even imagine what the families of the victims are going through right now. As always, I pray for all those involved in these terrible tragedies.
In my sadness, I tend to remember the negative things in my own life, and I wonder if there are any good people left in the world. Of course there are, as I have some amazing and loyal lifelong friends and family out there. But I still think about those who have betrayed me deeply, especially about the affair that my ex-husband had while we were still married. I wonder how people can be so mean and can live with themselves after what they have done.
Well, something became quite clear to me after reading the gospel of John this week. Even though I’ve read these passages hundreds of times, a new message came to me. It is absolutely amazing how I can read the Bible over and over again and can learn something new every time I read it. Several passages jumped out at me, so let me start with the first one about the death of Lazarus.
“When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. ‘Where have you laid him?’ he asked. ‘Come and see, Lord,’ they replied. Jesus wept.” John 11:33-35
Jesus wept! It hit me at the second that I read that line. Jesus doesn’t just look at the events taking place here on earth from afar…He actually weeps with us! He FEELS our pain! He was human here on earth, and he KNOWS what it is like to grieve. He is not only aware that we are sad, but he FEELS the pain Himself!
The next passage from the Last Supper just cemented this message:
[Jesus said] “I am not referring to all of you; I know those I have chosen. But this is to fulfill the scripture: ‘He who shares my bread has lifted up his heel against me.’ I am telling you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe that I am He…I tell you the truth, one of you is going to betray me.” John 13:18,21
Jesus himself was betrayed! I always knew this, of course, but I realized that Jesus himself FELT the pain of betrayal. All the emotional and mental pain that I had suffered during the affair of my ex-husband…Jesus not only supported me and pulled me through this dark valley, but he also FELT the pain. He understood completely what it felt like to be betrayed!
Although there are many evil things in this world, God has told us to not be troubled as the war is already won. Evil will not prevail. Know that Jesus not only supports us and watches out over us, but He truly KNOWS our pain because he came to this earth and FELT if for Himself. He TRULY knows our hearts and souls!
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me.” John 14:1