“He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.” Isaiah 53:3
Why did God allow this to happen? How can a loving God cause so much pain to those He loves? Why do we have to go through this? Where is God? These questions pepper our lives with feelings of abandonment, fear, depression and much more.
Every day we’re confronted with evil. There are wars, rumors of wars, destruction, hatred, inhumanity and it seems never to end. Its impossible at times, to believe that God is even listening to us.
Our Savior, Jesus, went through every physical, emotional and spiritual trial that we experience. Yet He never sinned, because He was true God as well as true man. Think about that. Our God could’ve simply wiped out the devil at the start, but because of His love for us, He took on flesh and blood and suffered right along with us. Not only that, His suffering took away every sin from our blackened souls.
The word empathy is derived from the Ancient Greek word empatheia, meaning “physical affection or passion. The dictionary definition refers to empathy as being able to relate to another’s dilemma, because you have also experienced the same difficulties.
From the day of His conception, Jesus knew the human experience first hand. He suffered poverty – watched His friends and family struggle through it – endured growing pains, bumps and bruises as a boy. He knew what it was to be hungry and poor. He felt the pangs of Satan’s temptation, and yet He never succumbed to its lure. He was homeless, hungry, downcast, but never without the presence of His heavenly Father.
It was all part of the plan mapped out by God, in the Garden of Eden. It was a masterful plan, designed with the greatest love and compassion for those He created in His own image. He took our place. He came into the world in a flurry of controversy. He was cruelly beaten and suffered a horrific death, so we wouldn’t have to. He paid the ultimate price for our salvation.
This is one of the most wonderful mysteries of the Bible. God loves us beyond measure. He doesn’t want us to suffer, be anxious, go through Cancer or die. He wants us to have a perfect life and He’s accomplished that through His Son, Jesus.
We rejected Him. We were responsible for His death. We caused His blood to pour out. We continue to do so when we forget that He has perfect empathy for us, because He lived life and suffered death. Now we are assured of eternal life. Just as He overcame death, we will also. The perfect life is waiting for us beyond the grave.